“In Play Therapy, the most troubling problems can be confronted and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and become lifelong strategies.” -Sandra Russ, Ph.D.
Play is our first language. Just as adults use words to communicate, children use play. When playing, thoughts and feelings are expressed that might otherwise remain hidden. Play Therapy is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Play Therapy can help children better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds.
Play Therapists are trained and qualified to apply the many therapeutic powers of play to help clients resolve their psychosocial difficulties. Play Therapists use Play Therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for:
- Behavioral issues caused by bullying, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, and crisis and trauma.
- Mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficiet/hyperactivity (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, academic and social impairment, physical and learning diabilities, and conduct disorders.
Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.
Sara Scott, LMHC, NCC utilizes Play Therapy techniques with children and families and has a room dedicated to Play Therapy.
Please call if you have any questions about Play Therapy or if you would like to schedule an appointment.