Children and Play Therapy
Children & Play Therapy
My child is struggling, what can I do?
“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm, not join their chaos (L. R. Knost).” That is easier said than done, especially when dealing with a child who is having a hard time. When kids experience anxiety, depression, fear and other mental health symptoms, they often exhibit difficult behaviors. If you have a child who is feeling anxious or depressed, you might see them self protect with anger.
All behavior serves a function. If we are able to see the needs that your child is communicating through their behavior, then it gives us the power to know how to intervene differently. Which then allows us to meet their needs, help them feel safe and then have the difficult behaviors decrease.
What is play therapy?
Children don’t have the capacity to fully express themselves verbally, so they engage with the world via play, which is the language of childhood. Play therapy is a medium that allows kids to build self efficacy, address emotions, process difficulties and trauma, and gives them an environment where they receive unconditional positive regard within the therapeutic relationship.
Play therapy is a well researched model of therapy which has been shown to help children with their mental health, self-efficacy and emotional regulation. We have therapists who are trained and have offices equipped to use play therapy with your child.