Play Therapy is developmentally appropriate counseling for children ages 3 - 10 years of age. Play Therapy can be beneficial in treating a varitey of social, emotional and behavioral disorders.
During a 45 minute play session, your child will join a Play Therapist in the play room. A play therapy session is a special play time where the child is permitted to work through his or her issues in a safe and nurturing environment. Play therapy sessions are as unique as the individuals who seek them.
The child's work looks like play, but the child uses play (a child's natural language) to process problems and challenging experiences, just as an adult uses talk therapy to work through their struggles.
Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and those working towards certification as an RPT are licensed mental health professionals who have earned a Master's or Doctorate degree in a mental health field and obtained considerable general clinical experience and supervision. These licensed professionals have obtained additional education, training, and supervised experience in the field of play therapy.
Play Therapy can be beneficial for children experiencing the following challenges:
- Academic Disorders
- Adoption Issues
- Adjustment Issues
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attachment Issues
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Behavior Problems (at school and at home)
- Developmental Delays
- Grief & Loss
- Language Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-worth
- Physical Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Separation Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
- Social Skills Help
Please visit the Associaton for Play Therapy website for more information on Play Therapy. www.a4pt.org
Play Therapy Video for Parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onn_qF4pZ9Q
Play Therapy Video for Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmKxvTtSWoc
For children under the age of 3, filial therapy can be beneficial. For filial play sessions, a play therapist will work with the parent and child together, and parents will be trained to utilize play therapy techniques with their child.
CHILD PARENT RELATIONSHIP THERAPY (CPRT)
CPRT can be beneficial for parents who are struggling with parenting, or parents who just need some new ideas on how to parent. CPRT is a 10 week class for parents to learn new ways to discipline and interact with their child or children. In a CPRT class, parents will learn basic play therapy techniques, and learn new ways to interact and connect with their children. CPRT classes can be offered to families or parents individually, but are recommended to be offered in a group setting.