Tantrums, pouting, hitting, biting, screaming, defiance, and crying are not uncommon in childhood, but taken to excess, these behaviors may belie deeper anger, frustration, and pain that the child does not have the words or skills to express and manage appropriately. Untreated, this behavior degrades self-esteem, disrupts relationships, and may harden into conduct that becomes a patterned style of life that is more difficult to change.
Play Therapy is a way of helping a child acquire those words and skills to work through difficult times. With a trained professional, children learn to express anger, insecurity, and other intense emotions in healthy ways that minimize disruptive behavior in other settings such as home or school.
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