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Therapeutic Services

Coming Spring 2017 to the Memorial area

Services include:

  • Individual play therapy for children
  • Play and expressive therapy groups
  • Family Play therapy
  • Sibling sessions
  • Parent coaching

Play Therapy & Psychotherapy Services

Beginning Spring 2017

Play therapy can benefit children, ages 3-12, that are experiencing aggression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, depression, developmental delays, emotion dysregulation(melt downs, tantrums, extreme moods),grief, hyperactivity, life transitions( moves, divorce, remarriage, adoption), stress, school aversion, social and emotional delays( making friends, communicating and/or connecting with others.)

Children with characteristics of, or diagnosis of AD(H)D, Austism spectrum disorder, Sensory processing disorder and many other needs can also benefit from play therapy.

Through play therapy, children gain developmentally appropriate insight and self-awareness, encouragement, an increase in self-expression, an improved ability to problem solve that comes from increased self-confidence, and an improved ability to self-regulate.

Why Play Therapy?

Play therapy differs from regular play as the therapist allows children to address and solve problems. Play is the child's language. It allows children self-expression, self-knowledge and self-actualization. Play can provide a positive outlet for negative feelings and relieves feelings of stress and regulates emotions. Play connects people in a positive way, and stimulates creativity and exploration. Play allows children to express their thoughts and feelings beyond the abilities of their verbal abilities.

Benefits of Play Therapy

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

Play Therapy is a Helpful Intervention for:

  • Adjustment
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Behavior
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Social Skills
  • Transitions
  • Trauma
  • And more

You can learn more about Play therapy through the Association for Play Therapy.

"Play It Out" Therapy Groups

Dates:
Summer 2017 Dates TBD

In small groups, led by a licensed professional counselor with extensive play therapy training, children will participate in a mix of child led and therapist led play, movement, and expressive arts activities to aid in developing friendships, learning communication skills, and improving emotional and self-regulation. Children with diagnoses, or characteristics of ADD, SPD, Autism, anxiety, emotional regulation or behavioral challenges will benefit from Play therapy groups. Groups are a fun opportunity to develop and enhance social and behavioral skills that are applicable to school, home and all areas of life.

To ensure proper placement in the group, all families must first have an initial individual consultation. Consultations will begin in mid-March and will continue until the group is full. Please Contact Casey with questions or to schedule your consultation.