Kids Therapy

Play therapy is a type of therapy that uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques including; sand tray therapy, art, music, and games. Kids who engage in play therapy usually suffer from chronic, mild, or moderate psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues.

So why use play therapy techniques with kids? Play therapy is often used instead of traditional talk therapy because play is the means by which children express themselves. Kids project their own feelings, thoughts, and experiences in their play and are able to work things out much quicker this way than trying to force their still-developing brains to fit into the mold of traditional talk therapy. It’s more effective…and it’s fun!

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.”
-Nelson Mandela

Kids know what they need. They want to be great. Sometimes they just need someone to remind them that they already are great and empower them.

So what’s next?

First and foremost, kids need to know that they are safe and that I have their back. My main focus is always to build a solid, trusting relationship with the kids as a foundation for therapy. Trust is integral.

As far as modalities go, most kids benefit solely from engaging in play therapy mixed with some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which teaches them skills. Kids especially love sand tray therapy. It provides a blank canvas to work out an endless amount of situations. It’s wonderful in helping kids process their thoughts, feelings, and situations. If trauma is involved, I may also incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help them work through their trauma. Depending on the severity of the trauma, sometimes it’s only a number of weeks before kids are no longer experiencing symptoms of PTSD after engaging in EMDR therapy with me. Some other cases are more complex and it may take longer. Lastly, some cases are complex in that there may be physiological/medical issues at play . In those cases, individual therapy combined with neurofeedback¬†or possibly medications can be the best form of treatment.