We typically utilize play therapy with ages 3-12. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.  We work with youth experiencing psychological, behavioral, developmental, social and family problems.  We are dedicated to reducing emotional suffering and dysfunctional behavior, strengthening families, and helping each client achieve optimal potential.

In the playroom, the role of the therapist is to help the children learn the skills to deal with stressors and issues in their lives.  Children learn how to connect emotionally, express their feelings in appropriate ways, and regulate their nervous systems.  Play and toys are the language of children, and the therapist's job is to put words and feelings to the story that the child is telling through play.  When this happens, something profound occurs -  children feel more grounded, empowered and inspired.  The symptoms start to melt away.

Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children.  It is used with children to assess and treat the following: anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems and disorders;  family issues; abuse; social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness; trauma and loss; physical, cognitive, and neurological problems; and psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness.

If you ask a child to describe their problem, or why they are exhibiting a specific behavior, they generally cannot answer. They are not being defiant, but do not possess the words or understanding to verbalize the answer.

Structured play therapy allows us to guide a child directly or indirectly into areas which allow us to work on particular issues. Play materials are varied, but therapy may include such things as mutual story-telling, guided fantasy, board games, card games, and pretend play.

Sandplay or sandtray therapy is a technique of play therapy using sand and a variety of miniatures and objects to build scenes or create stories within the boundaries of a tray filled with sand. The sand in itself is therapeutic. The cool sand awakens the senses of sight, touch, and smell while providing a calming effect on most individuals who immerse their hands into it. Children are naturally drawn to the sand.  When given a sand tray, they can unconsciously process problems and behaviors.