Children’s Counseling Using Play Therapy
Play Therapy aims to give your child a therapeutically appropriate method of counseling for developing coping skills and managing mood. In play therapy children can use play, sensory toys, nature, and therapeutic toys to express difficult emotions in a healthy way.
Child-Centered Play Therapy
In child-centered play therapy, children can work on expressing their thoughts and feelings, managing their mood, and using coping skills that help them navigate day-to-day life. For instance, your child can work with a play therapist to process situations such as bullying, anxiety with tests, dealing with confrontation, and more.
The traditional “talk therapy” counseling method is clinically effective, yet it may not be what your child needs. Most kids learn so much through play. They learn how to take turns, share, process feelings, and deal with difficult feelings.
Contact our counseling office to get started with play therapy.
What Happens During Play Therapy
Our counseling office has a therapy room that was therapeutically developed to support your child. In the therapy room, you’ll find ample sensory therapeutic toys, sand therapy material, puppets to help your child with expressing and processing feelings, books, and boards to support your child with developing emotional intelligence and more.
Why Would A Child Need Play Therapy?
Children benefit from play therapy because play creates a smooth transition to exploring difficult feelings. Your child is able to participate in fun interactive play therapy games that help them process emotions, talk about hard things, and learn how to use coping skills.
- Play therapy can support your child in healing from trauma and loss.
- Your child can learn coping skills to reduce anxiety and depression.
- Play therapy can help your child with addressing behaviors.
What Disorders Benefit From Play Therapy?
Play therapy can help children that struggle with emotional and day-to-day difficulties. Common disorders that play therapy treats:
- Behavioral disorders.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
- Attention Deficit Disorder.
- Conduct Disorder.
- Academic difficulties.
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder.