Play elevates our spirits, relieves feelings of stress and boredom and brightens our outlook on life. Some of the greatest thinkers of all time, including Aristotle and Plato, have reflected on why play is so fundamental in our lives. Play helps us connect with other people in a positive way while stimulating creative thinking, helping to regulate our emotions, and boosting our ego.
More recently, many mental-health professionals have observed that play is as important to human happiness and well being as love and work. Research over many years has shown the effectiveness of certain toys and activities, such as a doll house, puppets, sand play and drawing, in helping children and adolescents to come to terms with their feelings and emotions. Research has also shown that play fosters learning and development. Play therapy uses the child's natural attraction to play to help them work through challenges.
How do we get started?
Ideally, I like to first meet with the parents without the child present to learn their concerns. During this time, we will decide a regular time for my sessions with your child. We will talk about how to tell your child about me and what we will be doing in play therapy. For example, some children become nervous if they are told, “You are going to see a doctor.”
In the next session I’ll meet with your child and introduce him or her to the play therapy room. Please arrive a few minutes before our scheduled time so that we may begin on time. At least one parent should stay in our waiting room during your child's play therapy session.
Typical sessions provide 45-50 minutes of time in the play therapy room with the child and 10 minutes with the parent or parents. Activities for children are provided to keep your child engaged during the parental meeting time.
Sometimes I meet with the family as a group, if I feel this will help.
If you have any questions or concerns about play therapy please feel free to contact me.