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 working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist, under the Supervision of Michelle Cook, LPC-S and RPT-S, to fine tune my skills and enhance my practice to further enable me to do the BEST work for your child. I am a member of the Association for Play Therapists, 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, Adlerian Play Therapy, CBT and DBT Play Therapy for children 8+, Bibliotherapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques, and Art and Sandtray Therapy. I firmly believe that the parent(s) or main caregiver(s) should be involved in 1/3 of the sessions in order for the family to carry over what is learned in the therapeutic sessions. 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 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.