Play, for both adults and children, promotes a mental state of calm but focused relaxation. Research indicates that this state provides the ideal condition for flexible problem solving, high-level reasoning, insightful awareness, creativity and learning of self control. Play informs the way I work. Play therapy offers child-friendly and effective interventions that can be used cross-culturally and with youngsters that experience physical, language and learning challenges. Play therapy does not focus solely on reducing symptoms and internal conflict but also on increasing resiliency, coping skills and emotional literacy. It can help kids learn how to regulate emotions, process painful feelings, correct faulty beliefs and desensitize traumatic memories. The length of treatment will depend on the presenting issue.