Whether your child is struggling with OCD, depression, anxiety disorders or behavioral challenges, we have specialized training in those areas that includes play therapy. When it comes to getting help for your children, you want to find the absolute best treatment for them. Thus, we suggest that you consider the following when looking for the right therapist for your child: 1) a therapist who is experienced in working with children and who has also being trained by an experienced Play Therapist-Supervisor, and 2) a therapist who has been specifically trained to treat the disorder your child may be struggling with at the time.
At Mindset Family Therapy, we can provide those essential components. We have child therapists who have been trained by a Play Therapist-Supervisor (Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S) and who specialize in treating the disorders mentioned above.
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, Garry recommends that we “see the child for the person he’s capable of being.” Garry emphasizes that “facts about the child do not tell very much about the person of the child.” The child is more than his past or present struggles.
As you think about your child, what message is s/he getting? Hopefully your child is not getting this message: “My problem is more important than I am.”
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 play therapist will teach you skills to notice your child’s strengths and to empower him or her as well.
“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.