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Play Therapy

Creative Counseling and play therapy for children ages 4 to 10 living with anxiety, grief, behavioral issues, life transitions and struggles with school. 

Synergetic Play Therapy is a new and cutting edge model of play therapy designed to re-pattern the disorganization in brain areas that are often unaddressed in many current play therapy models. Synergetic Play Therapy is the first research-based play therapy model to blend together the hard-science of neurology, attachment style, therapist authenticity, brain development, attunement, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and more to get to the heart of the healing process for children.

Inside our play therapy room

Inside our play therapy room

Addiction.com has this to say about play therapy:

Play comes naturally to both humans and animals. It’s a vital element in the healthy development of children. Through play, they entertain themselves, explore the world around them, use up excess energy, soothe themselves, express their emotions, and develop social skills. Observing a child play can tell you a lot about him or her, which is one of the primary reasons why play therapy is a valuable diagnostic and therapeutic tool in the mental health field.

Play therapy is a form of therapy that gives children an opportunity to express feelings, show their knowledge, and work through problems in a way that comes naturally to them. Their language skills don’t develop as quickly as their cognitive abilities, so play allows them to communicate things that they aren’t able to put into words. Even if they have good verbal skills for their age, play often feels like a more natural and comfortable medium of expression – essentially, it’s their first “language” and the easiest for them to use.

Unlike traditional talk therapy, play is the primary mode of communication and expression in this type of therapy. Obviously, this can be particularly useful when working with a pre-verbal child. It can also be a very effective form of therapy when working a very timid or anxious child who has a difficult time opening up. Play therapy can also be beneficial for individuals with a  disability, such as a brain injury or developmental issues, that makes verbal communication difficult or impossible.

In play therapy, therapists can use their observations to assess a child’s development, diagnose a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression, and guide the child – through play – in a way that helps the child learn, grow, and heal. Play therapists draw upon their training in human development and child psychology to help children in a variety of ways including healing from trauma, changing unhealthy behaviors, improving their social and communication skills, and developing more effective problem solving and coping skills. They do this by using carefully selected items or activities such as toys, games, stories, sand trays, puppets, dolls, and crayons or paint.

The only limits set by the therapist pertain to ensuring the safety of the child (and anyone else present in the session, including the therapist), ending sessions on time, and restricting the destruction of toys and other property.