“Play is the language of children” ~ Vince Gowmon
Therapy for children is very different. Play-based counseling helps children express what is bothering them when they do not have the words or verbal ability to adequately express their thoughts and feelings. Through play, children are able to work through what is troubling them.
Children need someone who understands a child’s language of “play” and can guide and help them feel and behave better. Research indicates that play therapy with a specialized, trained, Registered Play Therapist is the most effective and helpful therapy for children to learn healthier and more adaptive behaviors. The relationship that develops between the child and therapist during sessions provides a reparative, emotional experience leading to healing and strengthening the child’s sense of self. Additionally, for children to do the “work” of therapy, they also need a special environment (a playroom), therapeutically set up for them so they can regulate, and feel better.
Playful and purposeful counseling play therapy interventions also help families connect in ways that promote growth and healing. I work closely with parents and other family members to support a child’s growth and healing and facilitate positive shifts in the parent–child relationship as well as the whole family dynamic.
Come visit the playroom, learn how play therapy works, and how, we can work together to help your child and your family.
Play Therapy is a research and evidence-based theoretical practice that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. You can get more information about Play Therapy by visiting the website for the Association for Play Therapy at http://www.a4pt.org.