PLAY THERAPY

Play Therapy provides for children what talk therapy provides for adults, the difference is children use play as their means of expression and language when processing difficult emotions and experiences .

Early therapeutic intervention is a powerful and impactful resource to provide a child or adolescent. Whether they are struggling with the difficulties of a divorce, having anxiety in daily life, exhibiting explosive behavior, or have gone through extreme trauma most children can benefit from having a safe space to work through and resolve inner turmoil. 

With rich imaginative minds children unfold their stories and inner workings symbolically with the toys and creative mediums available to them. Most emotional experiences get stored in a non-verbal part of the brain making play the perfect medium for a child to voice who they are and what they are feeling. For adolescent Client’s I also use creative writing and art techniques to aid in the therapeutic process depending on each individuals needs. 

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WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?

Play Therapy, is for children who are up to 12 years old (however, adolescents and adults also benefit from creative techniques such as art and sand tray therapy as well). This is carried out by a trained Therapist to facilitate mental and emotional wellness and change.

Play Therapy provides a uniquely safe and free space where symbolic play helps children bridge their inner world to their outer world.

Through this process they are able to access, confront, and overcome difficult emotions and experiences that are hindering them from being their fullest and healthiest self.

NOTE: Children can absolutely engage in talk therapy with the counselor if they choose to at any time. Children who are hesitant to play in session for any reason are still candidates for Play Therapy.

Example: A child Client who has gone through something distressing and hard to process such as a divorce, will likely come in and act or play out a story of opposing teams of toys in a battle with some character representing themselves feeling torn in the middle. As they reveal their story in this metaphoric way, the counselor helps them  to recognize the many emotions they are processing, along with aiding them in finding the strength, resilience, and resolve they need to continue to move forward healthily. 

 

HOW CAN PLAY THERAPY HELP?

While Play Therapy is often crucial for children who have undergone some of form trauma, many children need a safe place to process and work through any transition or behavioral/emotional difficulty they might be facing.
 

WHY SHOULD MY CHILD DO PLAY THERAPY?

It’s never too early to heal and benefit from counseling! Most relational and emotional struggles individuals have as adults relate back to what they experienced, and didn’t have a chance to resolve when they were developing in childhood

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Therapy can help children facing:


Social difficulties

Grief

Illness

Divorce

Transition

Trauma

Abuse

Adoption transition

Anxiety

Explosive or impulsive behavior

Sad or withdrawn moods

Frustration or aggression

Issues We Work With

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Emotional regulation and outbursts
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Social anxiety 
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation