Child Therapy & Play therapy
“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 of play to communicate and work through challenges. Play therapy empowers children to overcome struggles by helping them learn how to process their experiences, develop more effective strategies for managing their emotions, and improve connections with others.
The Overall Goal: To promote healing, grow emotionally, increase connections with others, and provide with the tools to thrive.
Play therapy helps children:
- Feel More Confident
- Learn New Skills
- Safely Express Tough Feelings or Difficult Situations
- Express their Thoughts and Feelings
- Accept Personal Responsibility
- Cope with Anxiety
- Regulate Emotions
- Promote Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving
Play therapy toys:
The Play Therapy room toys have been specifically selected to allow for children to express a variety of emotions and feelings in a safe way. Play Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of social, emotional, and behavioral concerns including stressful and traumatic experiences.
Play Therapy Supports Children With:
- Chronic Illness/Hospitalization of a Child or Family Member
- Divorce, Separation, and Family Concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions- Ex. Adjusting to a Medical Condition, A Move, Blended Family, Sibling Birth, etc.
- Low Self-Esteem
- Aggressive and Challenging Behaviors
- Anxiety/Worry (General, Social, or Separation from a Parent)
- Attachment Concerns
- Challenges with School and Academic Motivation (Including School Refusal)
- Forming Healthy Relationships
- Social and Academic Difficulties
- 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