I 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. I work with youth experiencing psychological, behavioral, developmental, social and family problems. I am dedicated to reducing emotional suffering and dysfunctional behavior, strengthening families, and helping each client achieve optimal potential.
In the playroom, my role is to help the child 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 my 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.
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 me 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, artwork, sand play and pretend play.