Play Therapy & Child Counseling
Children Ages 5-11
For children, play often becomes the language through which they communicate their inner experience. As a child therapist, I meet your child in their language by engaging in play, whether it’s with dolls, sword battles, reading books, or artistic and creative activities. Even though therapy is about making progress in overcoming your child’s struggles and obstacles, it’s also a time where they get to direct activities and have fun.
Many psychologists believe that children actually “set us up” through play to feel and think the emotions and thoughts they are struggling with themselves. During play therapy, I attune to your child in the present moment and name my own experience, which initiates a process where your child is able to feel and understand more accurately what they are struggling with.
From this place of empathic and somatic resonance, I model how to handle difficult emotions, which helps children to process their own experiences and teaches them how to express themselves and self-regulate through challenging times.
Children can also be very surprising and sometimes say the wildest things! I have been left speechless by the profound comments children have expressed when discussing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Even though children don’t have the same ability of executive functioning as adults do, many are incredibly self-aware and articulate their feelings quite well.
Just because they can talk the talk, however, doesn’t mean they can manage their emotions and behaviors. They may still need support in developing capacities for tolerating frustration, managing stress, or regulating their emotional states.
If your child is struggling and you believe they would benefit from play therapy, contact me today for a free 30-minute consultation!