My practice specializes in providing therapy to young children utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy.
I also incorporate working with parents/caregivers to implement strategies and understand and relate to their child more effectively and more lovingly.
To get technical, Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is a humanistic approach to therapy that is committed to providing a non-judgmental, emotionally supportive, therapeutic environment, with clear boundaries, to provide an atmosphere to the child that allows for the learning of emotional and behavioral self-regulation.
What does this mean for your child?
Play and movement are the natural ways that children communicate and make sense of the world around them. Even though your child may be smart and talkative, children have not yet reached the place in their development or life experience to fully benefit from a “talk” type of therapy the same way an adult can.
When I am using play therapy I am providing a safe outlet for children to express themselves that allows them to use their natural way of communicating and understanding. In a sense, the play is their language and I have been trained to understand and speak their language.
This makes play therapy the most developmentally appropriate approach to providing therapy to young children. The clear boundaries and limits also keep children grounded in reality and allow them to develop their own internal self-regulation.
Despite all this, I realize that no two people are the same, and as such tailor my therapy to meet the specific and unique needs of my clients. This means I may veer off the Child Centered Play Therapy track to incorporate other therapy techniques.