How Play Therapy Works
Are you concerned for your child’s well being?
Have they undergone some major life transitions (ex. parents separation, relocation)?
Are they having trouble adjusting at school?
Play therapy is for kids, what talk therapy is for adults. For kids it can often be challenging to express themselves verbally because of their development and lack of insight into themselves. It can be much easier to express their emotions, or what is troubling them through play with dolls, or art.
In working with children it is important for the child to feel safe, respected, and cared for. The therapy room is one of the only places in the child’s life where he/she will be in control and able to move with little restraint or hurry. The child will be encouraged to play, express themselves, and talk about their lives. Therapy can be a welcomed break from societal pressure, the constant rush and hurry of life.
Q: What exactly happens in play therapy?
A: I would be happy to show you the room; it is filled with dolls, figurines, and a variety of objects to represent all walks of life. Kids are welcomed into the room and encouraged to play with the toys as they like. From there, themes arise from their play, or meaningful discussion will lead from a result of the play. It is mostly child directed, as like adults, when something is on our minds, it usually finds a way out.
Q: What is my role as a parent in therapy?
A: Your role will be defined clearly in the initial phone or email intake. The emphasis is on the child in play therapy. This means that primarily I want to create a safe, comfortable, and warm environment for the child and the child should be free to express him or herself. My role is to help give the child the tools him or herself, so that we can then adapt the home or school environment to his or her needs. Usually at some point this involves bringing the parent or guardian into session. However, this is done at the pace and discretion of the therapist, and the child.