I believe that all children are capable of growing to their potential in their own unique way and time. However, life sometimes presents obstacles such as adjustments to changes, divorce, anxiety, depression, grief and loss.
Play is the treatment of choice in mental health counseling for young children because it is their natural language. In therapy, when allowed to direct their own play, children will use the toys as their words to tell their story in a way that is very natural to them. They typically begin the process by exploring the play room, and they eventually focus on the issue that is presenting an obstacle for them. Toys in the play room are specifically chosen to facilitate emotional expression.
During the 45-minute session, I am present to the child, giving undivided attention, and putting words to the actions and the feelings, bringing them to the child's awareness.
When accompanied by a trained play therapist, children are able to access and process their feelings to overcome the obstacles and thus, experience positive change and growth through counseling.
To find out more about play therapy, click on the image below to get to the homepage of the Association for Play Therapy. Once there, go to the tab, "Why Play Therapy?" Next, go to the tab, "APT YouTube Channel"; finally, go to "Andrew" and view "Meet Andrew" first.
THE PLAY ROOM
Mental health counseling promotes positive change and growth!