Play is a child’s primary language of communication. Children often express through play what is difficult to express in words. Through Play Therapy, children learn to both express how they feel while also discovering new strategies for managing their emotions. The Play Therapist supports the child to constructively work through a variety of issues using tools such as sand tray, dolls/puppets, cars/trucks, art-making and structured games. These tools empower the child to gain mastery over their emotions, rather than become overwhelmed as a result of their experiences.
Typical course of treatment is approximately 12-15 weeks, depending on each child’s needs. Each Play Therapy session consists of 45 min with the child and 15-20 min parent coaching time at the end of the session. Tangible activities are given each week for both the parent and child to practice what that they’ve learned in therapy at home.
Play Therapy is an excellent treatment modality for issues related to:
- grief/loss, self esteem, ADD/ADHD, anxiety/depression, PTSD, social issues, anger, early attachment/adoption, divorce/split families, sibling rivalry and sensory processing issues.