Play Therapy

At The Source, I enjoy working with children of all ages, but Play Therapy is the most appropriate method for working with younger children.  Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them show their feelings more easily through toys instead of words.  The positive relationship with the counselor and the safe environment of the play therapy room helps children to express and explore their experiences, feeling, thoughts, and behaviors.  

 

Some of the difficulties that can be addressed through Play Therapy include:

  • Loss

  • Trauma

  • Self-Esteem

  • New siblings and family members

  • Difficulties with peer and/or friendships

  • Divorce

  • Anger

  • Stress management

The intake session is typically attended by only the parent(s).  This allows you the opportunity to speak freely about your concerns, and it prevents your child from feeling uncomfortable knowing that he/she is being talked about.  Consultations about your child’s progress will be scheduled at regular intervals.

 

The following two videos explain play therapy to parents and children -

For PARENTS:

For CHILDREN:

Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002).

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