CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY
Children Ages 3-10
"Children must be approached and understood from a developmental perspective...
Unlike adults, whose natural medium of communication is verbalization, the natural medium of
communication for children is play and activity." - Gary Landreth, Play Therapy
WHY CHILD-CENTERED PLAY THERAPY?
OBJECTIVES OF PLAY THERAPY
PARENTS AS PARTNERS IN THE PROCESS
Play is the language of children.
Play allows children to process their reality and express themselves through independent thoughts and actions without having to verbalize. In play therapy, the therapist provides the play materials and facilitates the development of a safe relationship so that a child can fully express and explore their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and behaviors.
Focus on the child, rather than on the child's problem.
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
Meeting your child's needs.
In play therapy, the first session occurs without your child present. We will go over in detail what play therapy is, why it's used, how it works, and what to expect. We will continue to meet regularly without your child present in order to get your feedback and to introduce helpful tools for you to use at home.