“You can discover more about a person in a hour of play than in a year of conversation”- Plato
Play therapy provides children with concrete ways to express and communicate feelings, experiences, thoughts and concerns. Children have a hard time sitting in a big chair in an office and talking about what bothers them; it’s challenging for them to know the words to describe what they are thinking or feeling inside. Just as adults use words, children use their natural language-play-to communicate and to resolve challenges.
Play is essential to human growth, development, learning and cultivating relationships.
Play therapy can help children:
- Become more self-aware
- Regulate emotions
- Reduce anxieties
- Promote creative thinking and problem-solving
- Encourage open communication
- Feel more confident
- Learn new skills
- Play out difficult feelings or stressful experiences in order to gain a better understanding of themselves
- Safely express tough feeling to gain a sense of relief
The Play Therapy room has toys that have been specifically selected to allow for children to express a wide variety of emotions and feelings.
Play therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of social, emotional and behavioral concerns including stressful and traumatic experiences.
Play therapy can help your child with:
- Aggressive and Challenging Behaviors
- Anger Management
- Attachment Concerns
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Bed Wetting/Toileting Concerns
- Bullying/Peer Relationships
- Challenges with School and Academic Motivation (Including School Refusal)
- Chronic Illness/Hospitalization of a Child or Family Member
- Divorce, Separation and Family Concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions- A Move, Blended Family or Sibling Birth
- Low Frustration Tolerance
- Low Self-Esteem
- Social skills
- Trauma (including medical)
In working with children, we work closely with parents/caregivers because you are the expert on your child. Parents/caregivers are involved in the process through parent/caregiver consultation sessions. These sessions offer a time to discuss challenges and assist parents/caregivers in learning new skills and techniques to help their child.
For more information about play therapy and child counseling, to schedule an appointment or a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation, please contact us at 214-592-7176 or via email email@example.com