At Mindset Family Therapy, our play therapists know that your children are more important than
the challenges you and they are experiencing. Your child’s therapist will teach you skills to
notice your child’s strengths and to empower him or her as well.
When working with children, we believe parents are an essential component to the success of the treatment. During your child’s treatment, you will also learn skills to strengthen your relationship with your children and improve their behavior.
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”
KAY REDFIELD JAMISON
What is Play Therapy?
Adults’ natural medium of communication is verbalization; for children the natural way of communication is through play and activity. A young child uses play as a main source of expressing his or her feelings and thoughts. Play is the child’s language and toys are the words. The therapist’s responsibility is to go to the child’s level and communicate through the medium in which he or she is most comfortable.
“If you focus on the problem, you lose sight of the child.” – Garry Landreth
Play therapy provides the therapist with an opportunity to enter the child’s world. Even though children may struggle with behavioral issues, anxiety, OCD or other issues, it is recommended that we “see the child for the person he’s capable of being.” The child is more than his past or present struggles.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
*What children learn in Play Therapy:
- To respect themselves
- To identify their feelings
- To assume responsibility for self
- To accept themselves
- To be resourceful in confronting problems
- To make choices and to be responsible for them
*The objectives of child-centered play therapy are to help the child:
- Develop a more positive self-concept
- Assume greater self-responsibility
- Become more self-directing
- Become more self-accepting
- Become more self-reliant
- Engage in self-determined decision making
- Experience a feeling of control
- Become sensitive to the process of coping
- Develop an internal source of evaluation
- Become more trusting of self
*Landreth, G.L., (1991). Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Levittown, PA: Accelerated Development Inc.