Children's Play Therapy
Children naturally express themselves through play. They may not always have the language to express their thoughts, feelings, and struggles, so I use play therapeutically to help children talk about whatever may be bothering them. Play provides a safe psychological distance from a child's problems and allows the expression of thoughts and feelings. I provide a safe environment and the tools to work on problems, find solutions, and learn more effective coping skills. Through play therapy techniques, I learn about the child's inner world. Play therapy can relieve stress and connect children to people in a positive way, stimulating creativity, exploration of feelings, emotional regulation, and self-esteem.
Play therapy is most often used with children ages 3-12 and usually occurs in weekly sessions. Play therapy works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.
Play therapy is effective with children experiencing or who may have previously experienced stressors or conditions that may include: issues with socialization, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, domestic violence, abuse, anger, grief and loss, family dissolution, divorce, abandonment, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism or pervasive developmental disorder, learning disabilities, attachment issues, or conduct disorders.