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Play Therapy

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 12:13, NLT

I am a pending Registered Play Therapist. This means I have met and submitted all my requirements and my application is pending approval.

Trusting your child to a play therapist can be scary and feel vulnerable as a parent. I know - I've been there! It is hard to know when to seek counseling for a child, but I encourage parents to trust your heart. You know your child best.

Children can be seen in play therapy for a variety of reasons:

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Common behaviors:

  • Bullying
  • Grief and Loss
  • Divorce or Abandonment
  • Physical/Sexual/Emotional Abuse
  • Crisis or Trauma

Common Mental Health Concerns:

  • Depression or Anxiety
  • ADHD or Learning Disabilities
  • Academic or Social Impairment
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Conduct Disorders

Family systems are complex, and patterns can be perpetuated without specific intervention. Not only do we live in a confusing and chaotic world, we tend to parent out of our own experiences as children, or we may inadvertently swing to opposite extremes if ours was traumatic, chaotic or abusive.

A strengthened Parent-Child relationship can provide families with the resilience necessary to change the trajectory of problematic behavior or dysfunctional patterns.

Goals for play therapy include:

  • Provide an outlet for the child to understand what they are experiencing
  • Give the child the skills to recognize and communicate what they are feeling
  • Help the child to relay their needs to their caregiver in a transformative way

Care is given to help parents communicate in a way the child can be receptive to. I collaborate with parents on skills related to:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • “Discipling” or teaching children effective coping and life skills
  • Increasing their confidence in their ability to connect and bond with their child so their relationship can thrive