Children's Play Therapy
Children’s emotional distress often manifests differently than it does in adults. Some children express their emotional pain outwardly while others withdraw, become moody, agitated, or excessively engaged with their inner fantasy world. As a parent, it can be heartbreaking and baffling to see your child suffering and not know what to do, or even how to understand what is happening for them.
Play therapy is an effective and gentle way to help children work through psychological suffering. Just like adults, children need a safe and private space where they can be deeply understood and met. In a space where children feel free to express themselves on their own terms, they are often able to communicate quite effectively what is going on for them through the symbolic language of play. Through this shared communication of words and play, profound change can happen, even for very young children.
I work closely with parents to collaborate around our understanding of the child and what might help the child outside of therapy, at home or at school. Although all therapy is confidential, I do share with parents my understanding of their child’s struggles and the main themes that emerge in the therapy. My approach is that of fundamental respect for parents’ understanding of their child, as well as a deep appreciation for the difficulties and complexities parenting itself presents.