Play is A Child’s Business: Unlocking Growth and Healing Through Play Therapy

By Jody Sargent, LCSW

Often, I hear the phrase, “You’re just playing with my child,” after my therapy sessions. While it might seem that way, the truth is, play therapy is a profound and transformative approach to fostering growth and healing. Let me share why play therapy holds immense value in our therapeutic journey.

Understanding Play Therapy:

As a therapist at Unified Family Therapy, I specialize in play therapy, a systematic approach using theoretical models to create an interpersonal process. Through this, I, along with our team of trained play therapists, harness the therapeutic powers of play to assist clients, especially children, in resolving psychosocial difficulties and promoting growth and development. We communicate with children in their language – through play.

The Neurological Impact of Play:

Engaging in play has a remarkable impact on the brain. It increases dopamine levels, a neurotransmitter vital for emotional regulation. This positive effect enhances attention, working memory, and stress regulation. Importantly, play therapy transforms the brain’s neuroplasticity, forming new neural pathways to adapt to life changes and process information effectively.

Play Therapy Intervention for Various Challenges:

At Unified Family Therapy, our play therapy intervention is versatile and can effectively aid in the treatment of a range of challenges, including:

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Dementia (for Adults)
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Low Self Esteem
  • ODD
  • Social Skill Deficits

The Power of Play in Expression:

In my sessions, I witness how play therapy becomes a tool for expression. It allows children to navigate and express emotions and thoughts. Play builds connection and safety, providing a space for emotional exploration, prompting self-regulation, and developing problem-solving skills.

Choosing Unified Family Therapy:

If you’re in the Draper, Utah area and looking for a therapeutic experience that revolves around play, I invite you to reach out to Unified Family Therapy. As a therapist committed to your child’s well-being, I am here to guide them through a journey of self-discovery and healing.

To Make an appointment with Jody Sarget, LCSW or one of our qualified play therapists at Unified Family Therapy:


Take the first step towards a brighter future for your child. Call Unified Family Therapy today, and let’s explore how play therapy at Unified Family Therapy can make a positive and lasting difference!

Looking for More Resources on Play Therapy?

Here are some resources Jody recommends if you are interested in learning more about the benefits and science of play therapy: