Child Therapy (ages 2-10)
"Play" is the language of a child. Children learn through play, express feelings through play, and work out issues in play. An extensive variety of toys in my play room supports their expression of feelings, challenges, or what is important to communicate about their lives. My work with children focuses on trauma and attachment. Play Therapy provides a way to help children address and work through the trauma via the unconscious and subconscious process using direct and nondirective play approaches. Children can find their strength internally and and find resources in their world through play as they work through their trauma.
Is a medium that is used to provide a safe container for feelings and experiences that words cannot express.
The parents are the "therapeutic agent" and the therapist facilitates the play sessions. The therapist teaches parents the skills during play sessions with their child such as: empathic listening skills, imaginary play skill, and limit setting skill. Parents will also learn how to understand their child's play themes. After several office sessions, the parents will take the sessions into their home and practice with their child. Sessions in office will usually be periodic parenting sessions to discuss the play or address questions the parents may have. Therapeutic sessions end after approximately 11-12 sessions.