What is Play Therapy?
Young children have a difficult time saying what they feel, think, and remember with words.
Their natural way of communication is through play, which is rich with the story of their hearts.
Play therapy is a powerful way to help children express themselves safely.
As a child reveals his or her inner world, the therapist's
acceptance and nonjudgmental approach help the child release
pent-up feelings and move toward healing.
Play therapy comes in many forms. Puppet shows, psychodrama
(acting out or role-playing), sand tray therapy, and music
therapy are all forms of play that allow self-expression.
When a child is asked what happened during therapy, the reply is often, "We just played!"
Parents can be reassured that we are not "just playing". As a therapist, I am listening & watching carefully to the language of play to learn more about your child's inner experience. During this process, I will gently guide your child toward opportunities for additional self-expression and sharing.
How Does Play Therapy Help?
Play therapy helps children:
Experience & express emotions in a safe environment
Share things that are difficult to talk about
Understand that they can influence their own thoughts and behaviors
Develop additional problem-solving skills
Learn new social skills and relationship skills
Shift and grow in areas where they may be stuck
How Long Does Play Therapy Take?
Each session will be 45-55 minutes long, depending on the needs of your child. Typically, a child will come weekly for therapy sessions. The number of months needed for improvement will depend on the circumstances affecting your child, including the severity of the problem(s), your child's current environment, and emotional and psychological responses.
Will You Talk with Me About My Child's Progress?
Yes, I will talk with you about how your child is progressing. However, what your child says in therapy is confidential, unless he or she reports being abused, or is a danger to self or others.
My Credentials as a Play Therapist
I have over 20 years of experience as a play therapist and have worked with over 2,000 children, either directly or as a clinical supervisor.
My training meets or exceeds the requirements for the designation of Registered Play Therapist (RPT) of the Association for Play Therapy.