Amanda Myers, M.Ed., LPC, Registered Play Therapist

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I’m a mom of two young children, so spending my day on the floor playing with children is part of my regular day. I love playing with children because I get to see them transform, connect, grow and evolve right before my eyes. The time children spend playing is hard, ground-breaking work for them, and I feel lucky being able to do it alongside them.

In my play room, children choose with which toys they want to engage. From dress up clothes, and blocks to sand tray, swords, and a play kitchen, we sit on the floor together and spend our 40-45 minutes playing as a way for them to process through what is happening in their lives.

My Play Room

Why Play Therapy?

From the Association for Play Therapy Website:

Child play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play.  Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems.

Play Therapy works best when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and client, one in which the latter may freely and naturally express both what pleases and bothers them.

Mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, and private practitioners have utilized Play Therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for:

  • Behavioral problems, such as anger management, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma.
  • Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.

Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.  For more information on play therapy including research citations we invite you to view

Qualifications

I believe our life is altered from childhood from our own experience, impressions, and perceived successes and failures. In our sessions, I’ll offer suggestions on how to help your child reach your new goals.

My true passion is Child-Centered Play Therapy, and am a true believer in its process; however, when the need arises I am more directive. Getting parents involved very important in my work with your child.

  • As a group counselor for Camp COPE I had the privilege of providing travelling the country providing fun, therapeutic activities for children whose parents or a loved one have been deployed or returned injured in the military.
  • At Journey of Hope, I helped children, teens and families who have lost a loved one to death.
  • As a crisis counselor to homeless, abused, or neglected teens who entered City House Shelter, I helped teens get up on their feet, feel support they’ve never had, and create a stable living environment for a lifetime.
  • I’m a graduate of University of North Texas, where world-renowned work is produced by some of the best researchers in the country.
  • I am a Registered Play Therapist, which means I have an extra designation which provides extra training above and beyond my Master level program.

Licensed Professional Counselor #64029
Texas Department of State Health Services

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