Many view Play as children’s language and Play Therapy is used to help address childhood problems. Working with a skilled Play Therapist, children can work through difficult transitions in their lives by practicing skills and roles needed to grow. Play Therapy is particularly appropriate for children aged 3-12 years old, but those of any age can benefit, including adults and entire families.
Frequently Asked Questions
Play Therapy is a structured, evidence-based approach that builds on children’s normal communication and learning processes. Through Play Therapy, children are able to resolve inner conflicts and dysfunctional thinking in a developmentally appropriate way in order to heal and thrive. Some of the therapeutic benefits of Play Therapy include gaining the ability to communicate well with others, developing problem-solving skills, modifying behavior, learning coping techniques, expressing feelings, gaining self-esteem, and relating to others.
I use both non-directive and directive Play Therapy techniques to address the issues that bring each child in to my Play Room. Each toy in my Play Room is hand-selected to serve a therapeutic purpose and encourage growth and learning. Art and Music are also used as avenues for growth. I facilitate the development of a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship with each child and parent and welcome input and collaboration from parents and other professionals.
You know your child better than anyone else, and there may be times that seeking the help of an outside ear can create a safe place for your child to explore and resolve conflicts. I hope to work with you and your child on your courageous journey in counseling!
I have worked with individuals of varying ages and backgrounds for issues concerning family and life transitions, relationships, crisis, stress and anxiety, behavioral issues, and self-esteem. I offer art interventions, sandtray therapy, and traditional talk therapy depending on each client’s interests and needs.
I primarily enjoy working with individuals from a client-centered, strength-based approach. Some additional approaches I draw from include directive and non-directive play therapy, gestalt therapy, therapeutic crisis intervention, companioning, risk assessment, mindfulness, and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.