Play Therapy in Marietta for Children
*Please note as of July 2017 my case load for young child clients is full and I am unable to accept new child clients under the age of 12 but I do have a network of play therapists who have been in training and supervision with me to whom I can provide referral!*
Play therapy helps children express what is bothering them when they do not have the words or verbal ability to adequately express thoughts and feelings.
Through play, children are able to work through what is troubling them. We are able to help children learn healthier and more adaptive behaviors.
According to the Association for Play therapy, the definition of play therapy is as follows:
“Play therapy is the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development (APT, 2015).”
The Association for Play Therapy has an extensive body of evidence based research to support the effectiveness of play therapy. You can read more at this link.
The relationship that develops between the child and therapist during sessions provides a repairative emotional experience lending to healing and strengthening the child’s sense of self.
In support of a child’s growth and healing in play therapy, we work very closely with parents and often other family members in order to facilitate positive shifts in the parent–child relationships and the whole family dynamic.
Some play therapists use a very particular approach called Child Centered Play Therapy which is at least the theoretical and essential foundation for all play therapy. Over the years, other approaches to play therapy have developed out of that foundation including more directive or facilitative play therapy methods.
Lynn Louise Wonders, LPC, ,RPT-S, CPCS began her career providing play therapy services in preschool settings, developing a special curriculum to use play techniques in order to help children develop emotional and social skills. She went on to found the first counseling center in Marietta that was child and family focused with an emphasis on play therapy in 2007, contracting with numerous therapists over the years who benefitted from Lynn’s play therapy supervision, training and mentoring.
She has gone on to be a leader in the field of play therapy at a grass-roots level, creating a large community of play therapists online from all over the world. She provides distance training and supervision for therapists working toward their Registered Play Therapist credential. She is an APT Approved Provider (#12-321) for play therapy and play therapy supervision and she leads mentoring mastermind groups for therapists building their play therapy private practice careers.
Since Lynn took Wonders Counseling Services, LLC back as a smaller solo practice, she still provides facilitative and directive play therapy for older children, adolescents and some of her adult clients using expressive art and other activities. She no longer provides play therapy for younger children but she has a large network of highly qualified play therapists to whom she can refer you in the local area and all over the nation and the world she has supervised, mentored and/or trained. We recommend you go the APT website to this link if you need to find a qualified play therapist for a child under the age of 11.