Chess is therapeutic. That is, when it becomes an avenue when a client expresses his or her inner being through chess games against his or her therapist.
In chess therapy, relationship is primary. The relationship between therapist and client is established not as combatants but more of a cooperative alliance for better perspectives and actions.
Playing chess may support a client to express his or her personal emotions, thoughts, and other issues as manifested in his or her style of play. For example, those with anger or impatience issues during matches are likely angry and impatient in real life situations.
Successful, in-depth chess therapy can later on be transformed to better adjustments and mental health and well being in a person’s real-life.