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Toys are used like words for children, and play is the language.

Gary Landreth

Why Play?

“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self expression ... It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.”  

Virginia Axline

Shameka Bolden is a Registered Play Therapist™, member of the Association for Play Therapy and an active member in the Virginia Association for Play Therapy chapter. 

RPT Standards


Play Therapy  is an effective therapy to address a variety of issues. If your child is struggling with social, emotional or behavioral issues, play therapy may be for you!

Academic Issues
Developmental Issues 
Divorce & Family Change
Disruptive, Conduct or Impulsive Behaviors
Social Issues
Transition or Change
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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