“In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language” -Landreth, 2002
Play therapy provides children to safely explore their past trauma and other difficult issues in a non-evasive, yet empirically proven method. By working through their issues and/or trauma, they gain confidence, develop coping strategies, and experience healing which will be reflected by improved behaviors.
Sunray Family Counseling offers Play Therapy to children who struggle with:
- Attachment Difficulties
- Adoption Challenges
- Trauma Related Symptoms
- Toileting Issues
- Eating Concerns
- Sleep Disturbances
- Additional Behavioral Concerns
Our clinicians are trained and equipped to work with children from 2 years to 12 years old. Because of the effectiveness of Play Therapy, experiential activities, and art techniques, we often employ these techniques in working with adolescents and adults. These methods employed in Play Therapy can help them overcome difficulties caused by trauma and other complicated issues in their lives.
Parent figures are also given resources, support, coaching and are actively involved in the child’s treatment. Parents are encouraged to attend our Parental Support/Adoption Group or receive some individual coaching as to how best reinforce their child’s treatment at home. Research has shown that family involvement leads to higher success in children’s treatment.
The video below is from the Association for Play Therapy and highlights the importance of Play Therapy for children and the many benefits that have been discovered by properly implementing it. Check out their website and give this video a watch. Our therapists can assess if Play Therapy could help your child and begin this highly beneficial means of communication.
Contact us to find out more.