Child & Play Therapy
Did you know the most important developmental phase of our entire life is the time between zero and three years of age?
That’s amazing news, considering that’s the time in our lives we don’t remember. Research tells us an adult’s self-confidence and self-esteem is created during this very early stage of life. Therefore, we want to make sure all kids get a great start!
Babies and young children thrive when they have caregivers that are “crazy about them!” Good mental health is created through appropriate social and emotional connections with children.
So what happens when young children begin exibit less than favorable behaviors? How do we know what’s going on with them on the inside when they can’t tell us verbally?
Parenting is tough business. As parents, we fear messing up the job in a big way! And, because communication with children can be difficult, play therapy is often used with children because they lack the verbal and cognitive skills to communicate their feelings and thoughts with appropriate words.
Children are extremely imaginative and creative, so play therapy lets them express themselves in a way that feels natural, safe, and comfortable. Some kids are comfortable speaking to a therapist from the beginning, while others open up after a few weeks of play. Even teens who think they are too old “to play” respond well to a combination of art therapy and traditional counseling.
We believe caregivers can be the best therapists for the children, so we want to make sure you’re involved with the treatment of your child. While we engage in play with your child, develop rapport with him, and begin to understand her special language to let us know what’s going on, we’ll make sure to keep you involved in the process every step of the way.
As change begins to happen with your child, we’ll show you how to be your child’s best therapist – how to communicate differently, and help him express himself.
If you prefer you may want to schedule a free thirty minute telephone consultation with a therapist before making a decision regarding therapy for your child.
Please note this is not a clinical consultation but an opportunity for you to discuss with the therapist their methodologies, talk to them about their credentials and ask any questions you may have about the therapy process. If you would like to discuss in more detail the concerns you have or challenges you are currently facing then we would advise you to book a full consultation.
We recommend parents come in to our office for the first appointment without their child if possible. This allows you to meet with the therapist to talk through in greater detail what’s going on with your family and the challenges you’re facing without your child being there. You’ll be able to discuss openly what’s going on and work together with your therapist to come up with strategies that best suit your circumstances. Once you’ve met with the therapist you can schedule an appointment for your child to come in.