“Children need the freedom and time to play.
Play is not a luxury. It is a necessity.”
~ Kay Redfield Jamison
Play therapy with an RPT means that the therapist is well trained (150 clock hours of inservice, 35 supervised hours, and 350 play therapy practice hours) and approved by APT.
I have served and assisted children ages 3-18 in my career as a speech therapist, elementary teacher, and school counselor. My experience in playing to create growth and healing is extensive and I have added a play room to my practice. I am a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapists of which I am a member, as well as the Texas Association for Play Therapists, and the Hill Country Texas Association for Play Therapists.
Play Therapy is NOT a quick fix. It can take months and sometimes more for the wounded child to completely heal. The therapist and client move in a fluid way toward trust, acceptance, and GROWTH!
The treatment goals of play therapy are to provide a safe and accepting environment in which your child’s playing
- will enable him/her to experience success which builds true self-esteem
- will build communication (toys are their words) and help them “let off steam”
- will stimulate development (continue to learn, communicate, and grow with healthy behaviors)
I utilize Child-Centered Play Therapy and a Prescriptive Approach in Play Therapy for children ages 4-8; CBT, DBT, and Prescriptive Play Therapy for 8+; incorporating Bibliotherapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques, and Art and Sandtray Therapy to all ages of children.
*Intake and initial assessment is with parents ONLY for children 11 and younger. This is so we can speak freely about your concerns. As children get older, they are able to cognitively process their feelings and are prone to be more verbal about them. Children 12 and older are included in the intake and assessment WITH their parent(s).
Filial Play Therapy*, where the parents participate in the sessions and become the change agent at home, is a huge part of my play therapy practice. I firmly believe that the parent(s) or main caregiver(s) of children under 10 should be involved in all of the sessions in order for the family to carry over what is learned in the therapeutic sessions. With children 10 and over, parental involvement in the sessions is handled on a case by case basis and the parent may be involved in each session or as needed.
Often play therapy begins by encouraging the child to choose what he/she wants to do and moving towards a more directive approach focusing on the issues that have been “played out” in the therapy room. Please plan to stay in the office area during the entire session in case of emergency or in case you are needed to join the session.
Please watch the video below to learn more about what play therapy can do for your child. Contact me if this is this kind of therapy you desire for your child’s healing and growth.
*More about Filial Play Therapy:
Filial therapy is a special kind of play therapy. Literally thousands of families have been helped by this method developed by Bernard and Louise Guerney in the 1960s. It is a unique therapeutic method that involves parents and caregivers directly as the agents of therapeutic change.