Play Therapy – english

Play Therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children that are causing behavioural problems and/or are preventing children from realising their potential.

Play is to the child what verbalization is to the adult. It is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, decribing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment.

Because children’s language development lags behind their cognitive development, they communicate their awareness of what is happening in their world through their play. In play therapy toys are viewed as the child’s words and play as the child’s language – a language of activity.

In Play Therapy the symbolic function of play is what is so important, providing children with means of expressing their inner world. Emotionally significant experiences can be expressed more comfortably and safely through the symbolic representation the toys provide. The use of toys enables children to transfer anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt to objects rather than people. In the process, children can distance themselves from traumatic events and experiences in a safe way. They can then move toward an inner resolution, and then are better able to cope with or adjust to problems.

A major function of play in play therapy is the changing of what may be unmanageable in reality to mangeable situations through symbolic representation, which provides children opportunities for learning to cope.

Play Therapy is a developmentally based and research-supported approach to helping children cope with and overcome the problems they experience in the process of living their lives. (source: “Play Therapy” G.Landreth & Sue Bratton, )

Play Therapy has proven to increase personal strengths and creative problem solving skills

This approach has been demonstrated to be an effective therapy for a variety of children’s problems including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • grief issues
  • parental separation or divorce issues
  • major life changes (home, school, country…)
  • adoption issues
  • attachment difficulties
  • sickness related issues, burm victims, cancer in the family …
  • bullying issues
  • agression and acting out
  • self-expression and self-esteem issues
  • self-regulation or stress issues
  • communication difficulties
  • enhacing social relationships
  • fostering emotional wellness

Play therapist :

Rosemarie Chopard,

Accredited Play and Creative Art Therapist and Supervisor (APT-S) – Play Therapy International (PTI), Member of the Swiss professional Art Therapy Association (APSAT), Specialised in Children’s Grief (Webster University Geneva & University Paris-Nord) and Child and Youth Relaxation (Isthme-France & KliK-Peter Hess Institute-Germany) – Member of the American Association for Play Therapy (APT).


Play & Creative Arts Therapy – Chemin Guiguer-de-Prangins 21, 1004 Lausanne – Phone: 079 658 91 22 – Mail:

Therapy also provided in Geneva upon request.