Beyond Play

Welcome to our play therapy center which focuses on helping children, adolescents, and adults by allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings through the natural language of play.

Our Environment

This special therapy office combines play and art elements through the use of toys, miniatures, and art supplies. Each office while identical, has its own theme catering to a nurturing enviorment filled with play and self-discovery.

Our Services

  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Creative Visualizations
  • Dramatherapy
  • Puppets & Masks
  • Dance & Movement
  • Clay & Playdough

Who Does it Benefit?

Play Therapy is effective for a wide range of concerns:

Emotional difficulties such as aggression, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and withdrawal.

Behavioral problems

Developmental difficulties such as sleep problems, poor communication, and trouble with food

Learning disabilities

Loss or bereavement


Problems with socializing

Developmental Trauma

Play Therapy also helps in benefiting older children, adolescents, and adults who are having emotional difficulties.

Grow Through Play

Play therapy helps individuals:

Take responsibility for their behaviors and develop more succesfull strategies

Experience and express emotions

Cultivate empathy and respect towards self and others

Learn new social skills and relational skills

Uncover trauma and past experiences

Develop self-efficacy

Find new and creative solutions to problems

Play Therapy for Children

Encourages use of language

Improves fine and gross motor skills

Useful for coping with anxiety, stress, anger, and challenging behaviors

Helps children who struggle to communicate because of developmental delays, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Provides a safe place for children to express themselves and feel heard

Helps children build self-esteem

Encourages problem-solving skills

Learn coping mechanisms

Emotional healing

Improves social skills

Play Therapy for Adolescents

Taking more responsibility for certain behaviors

Developing coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills


Empathy and respect for others

Alleviation of anxiety

Learning to fully experience and express feelings

Stronger social skills

Stronger family relationships

Play Therapy for Adults

While play is crucial for a child’s development, it is also beneficial for people of all ages.

Play Therapy for adults can:

Add joy to life

Relieve stress

Supercharge learning

Heal emotions

Uncover trauma

Connect you to others and the world around you

Help self-identify behaviors and patterns

Improve relationships 

Develop social skills

Play and laughter perform an essential role in building strong, healthy relationships by bringing people closer together, creating a positive bond, and resolving conflict and disagreements.


Free Play

Free play or also called unstructured play benefits all areas of development. It provides individuals with the freedom to explore, create, and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines. It’s been shown to foster cognitive development while boosting physical development and social and emotional development. It specifically helps creativity and imagination, problem-solving abilities and social skills.

The benefits:

Promotes important life skills

Encourages problem-solving

Supports healthy development

Increases physical activity

Promotes autonomy, independence, and self-confidence

Enhances social interactions with others

Teaches coping skills

Fosters navigation skills

Why play? The animal and human connection

The more animal and human play has been studied, the more frequently it has been discovered that there is no real gap between us. We share playfulness. We like to chase, rough and tumble, climb, play games, collect treasures… and so do many playful animals. Common patterns exist, and emotionally an uplifting union of play spirits when observed in animal play. Therefore, the urge to play is not a strictly learned behavior, flowing from “higher centers” but rather reflects a deep instinctive fundamental need. Our human subcortical brain is virtually identical with other playful mammals and play comes from deep centers, and nourishes higher centers as part of our essential biological design. Play allows a new landscape of science to better understand in how many ways play behavior enriches us humans. Play and playfulness need to be honored, not only in developmental infant and childhood eras, but for us humans throughout all of our life cycle.

Where Healing Begins…

Life must be lived as play ~ Plato

Articles to Explore

The Secret Power of Play

The Secret Power of Play

The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition, The Science of Childhood, which is available in stores, at the TIME Shop and at Amazon. Nothing is as natural as a child at play. After a month of little more than eating and sleeping,...

Get in touch

Location: 14845 S. Founders Crossing, Homer Glen, IL 60491

Telephone: (708) 737-7968

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: By appointment!