COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN
BEHAVIOR AND EMOTIONAL CONTROL
Play Therapy is a proven model of counseling for children to help them communicate and process feelings using a child's natural language. Our Therapists at Arcadian Therapeutic Services have extensive training to practice play therapy and are working toward earning their RPT (Registered Play Therapist) or has obtained the credential of RPT. Just as a pediatrician must have additional medical training to work with children, a counselor needs extensive training and supervision to provide play therapy to children. In searching for a therapist for your child, please ask what training they have received to work with children. See below to learn more about play therapy and how it can help you and your child.
HOW DO I KNOW MY CHILD NEEDS THERAPY?
A major indication therapy can help is if you see a significant change in behavior that impacts their daily functioning. This may be seen as a change in behavior at school or at home, peer relationships, regression in development, or poor emotional regulation. Basically, give us a call if you are asking yourself, "where did my kid go?" Another major indication is if a child has a ongoing problem and nothing seems to be working. This can be poor school performance, peer relationships, family conflict, among others. We preform play therapy assessment tools to help better understand how your child is struggling. Those assessments do not replace a full psychological assessment by a trained psychologist. We work closely with excellent psychologists and can advise if a full psychological is needed.
PLAY THERAPY ADDRESSES:
• Family Conflict
• Worry Thoughts
• Obsessive Behaviors
• Sibling Conflict
• RAD- Reactive Attachment Disorder
• Poor School Performance
• Acting Out
• Poor Emotional Regulation
Play therapy can help situations such as
Major Life change
Death of family/friend
WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?
Play Therapy is a researched and proven model of therapy for children. It is a approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children; play. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991). In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words, and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005). The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions provides a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing (Moustakas, 1997). If your child needs counseling, Play Therapy is the most proven model to counsel your child. Play Therapy is most commonly used with children, however art and some play therapy techniques can be used with adolescents and adults. Emotions are hard to talk about and at times are hard to access; art therapy and sandtray therapy can help to access the emotion that words cannot reach. These therapeutic approaches can be added to individual, couple, or family therapy. Please ask about it when you call!
PARENT'S ROLE IN PLAY THERAPY
We value the role parents have in their children’s lives and maintain a close working relationship during the therapy process. We combine play therapy for children with support sessions for parents which focus on giving emotional support, tools for discipline, effective boundary setting, and assist to increase the parent's understanding of a child’s emotional needs. The last form of communication a child learns is verbal communication. Play therapy helps children communicate when they cannot find the words. We can help parents learn how to communicate by teaching play therapy techniques and helping parents understand what nonverbal messages children hear from you. Lastly, we create a team with school counselors, pediatricians, and psychiatrists collaboratively to meet the need of your child. We go to the school to meet with teachers and the school counselor to set the child up for success.