Therapy Dough

A friend of mine told me that his child’s preschool calls Play-Do “therapy dough.”

It sounds ridiculous to call four-year-olds’ play “therapy.” But there’s plenty of therapy dough among grown-ups, too. Explicitly or implicitly, resorts, coaches, and friendships are all encroaching on what you might call the “therapy space.”

All those things and many more might be therapeutic, but therapy is a profession. And its education and licensing rules are in place for a reason.

As another friend of mine likes to say, “professionals get professional help.” If you need therapy, skip the therapy dough and get a therapist — the best one you possibly can.

Don’t play therapy. Just play.