Play Therapy for Children and Teens Approach
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” –Plato
We are offering office appointments! Clients may be accompanied by one parent or guardian, and must wear a mask and observe social distancing, per governor’s orders. We continue to offer TeleHealth sessions for younger kids and teens, to continue mental health wellness to the community and support clients who choose to remain at home, or prefer distance sessions. We are using a HIPAA compliant video portal. There is no need to download anything, just click on the link and you will be in our telehealth waiting room. It’s as easy as facetime!
Child Centered Approach:
MindTree Holistic Counseling strongly believes that every child has innate strengths of their own to cope with difficulties. These strengths become less dominant when a child internalizes a negative experience and label themselves by their failures. Children have emotional needs similar to an adult, but may not verbally communicate their feelings just like an adult would do. Children feel safe when they communicate their feelings and emotions through play.
MindTree’s founder and licensed child psychotherapist, Harini Sukumaran, is trained in child centered play therapy, who will provide a safe therapeutic environment with selective therapeutic toys to help a child (3-15 years) process and express their feelings in the form of play. Play therapy helps children and adolescents learn social skills, gain academic excellence, foster self-esteem, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and identify strengths to problem solve difficulties. Therapists combines other modalities like cognitive behavior therapy, art therapy, sand therapy, yoga and mindfulness tailored specific to the child’s developmental age and emotional needs.
Issues Addressed with Play Therapy for Children and Teens
Fear of school
Lack of focus and attention in a particular task
Loss of a loved one
Trauma and PTSD
Low academic excellence
Conflict with parents
Elimination disorders – Enuresis and Emesis
Visit the Contact page to schedule your play therapy appointment
Some more information on Play therapy adapted from Association of Play Therapy webpage – www.a4pt.org
- Frequently Asked Questions about Play Therapy: https://a4pt.site-ym.com/page/PTMakesADifference
- Research regarding the Evidence of Play Therapy: https://a4pt.site-ym.com/?page=EvidenceBased
- What to Expect in Play Therapy Session: https://a4pt.site-ym.com/page/ParentsStagesofT
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