Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a well researched mode of psychotherapy for children. Children lack the experience or cognitive maturity to rationally work out problems and find solutions like most grown-ups. Instead they use play to work through their problems verses sitting and talking out their worries, sadness, and frustrations.

What Play Therapy Looks Like in Counseling

McKinney TX Play Therapy

Play Therapy is a mode of therapy where treatment is introduced from the perspective of the child in a carefully designed, comfortable, and playful environment or playroom. Since play is the natural language of a child, Jennifer uses play therapy to communicate or help the child express his/her feelings through the natural act of play. The toys serve as the child’s words and the play becomes the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). 

In the playroom, your child is master of his/her therapy domain. Your child gets to help direct the play session by working through various behavioral conflicts, dysfunctional thinking, anger, resentment, sadness, or negative feelings through play with toys, games, or activities of their choosing. 

Jennifer will observe your child’s play and look for patterns or themes and carefully implement strategies or techniques that will be most effective in helping your child express his/her own confusing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a more effective and socially appropriate manner.

McKinney TX Play TherapyParent/Guardian’s Role in Play Therapy Process

As a parent/guardian of a young child, your role is the most important in your child’s therapeutic process. 

It is Jennifer’s belief that while she may have the knowledge, experience, and training as a child therapist to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of most children and their families; You, the parent/guardian are the expert of Your individual child. You are the person your child depends on each and every day to guide, support, keep safe, and love unconditionally.

Jennifer Is Experienced In Treating Children With:

  • PDD and Aspergers Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety and OCD
  • Behavior Issues
  • ODD 
  • Grief & Loss
  • Divorce Support
  • Bullying Issues
  • Anger Issues
  • Impulse Control Issues
  • Relationship and other social disconnects