Counseling for Children & Families
At this time I am busily providing play therapy supervision, consultation and training for therapists and I am unable to accept any new child and family clients at this time! Feel free to locate a registered play therapist through the Association for Play Therapy’s online Directory HERE!
Play therapy utilizes the therapeutic powers of play to empower children to express what is bothering them when they do not have the words or verbal ability to express thoughts and feelings. Play affords children, their parents and siblings an opportunity to connect in ways that enrich family relationships. Playful and purposeful interventions help families come together in ways that promote growth and healing.
Through play, children are able to work through what is troubling them. Play therapy allows children to explore, express and experience whatever it is they need in an environment that is safe and comfortable. We are able to help children learn healthier and more adaptive behaviors.
The relationship that develops between a child and therapist during play therapy sessions provides reparative emotional experiences 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.
Sometimes it is appropriate for us to use a very particular approach called child centered play therapy and sometimes children benefit from more directive play therapy methods. Every child needs and deserves to be seen and assessed as unique and therapeutic treatment plans are developed from a prescriptive play therapy model.