Frequently Asked Questions
Why play therapy for my child?
Play is the means by which children learn, grow, and express themselves. Play Therapy for children is much the same as more conventional talk therapy for adults.
How does play therapy benefit children?
Play therapy is an alternative and highly effective method of helping children, ages 3-13, with behavioral issues. Behavioral difficulties with children often result from their inability or unwillingness to process some form of trauma. The play therapy room is filled with tools that allow a child the opportunity to put their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in to their play. By enabling children to re-enact/recreate traumatic experiences, the child is able to make sense of their past trauma and reduce or resolve negative feelings and actions associated with their history.
What are common issues addressed through play therapy?
Abuse and Neglect - Attachment Disorders - Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Grief and Loss Issues (often through divorce or death) - Low Self Esteem Issues - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Pervasive Developmental Disabilities.
What is the role of the therapist in my child's play?
One of the primary principles of Experiential Play Therapy is that children instinctively know what they need to do in therapy to heal from past trauma. During each play therapy session, the child is allowed to choose what to do in the play therapy room. The role of the therapist is to draw interpretation to the symbolic meaning of the child's play and facilitate the play by reflecting back to the child his or her thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
How long will my child be in play therapy?
Each child and the struggles they face are unique. The length of therapy depends on the severity of the issue your child is facing as well as the child's personality. This issue will be discussed during consultation with the therapist.
Can a play therapist tell me if my child has been abused?
As the play therapist forms a trusting relationship with a child, he or she looks for themes throughout the child's play. Children who have experienced abuse often have similar themes of play throughout sessions. Over time and across sessions, a child's play therapist may be able to observe enough information to either support or negate questions a parent or guardian may have regarding abuse of a child.