Play Therapy

Play therapy is to children what psychotherapy is to adults.  A safe, confidential environment is created by the therapist, allowing children to play with as few limits as possible, but as many as needed. Child play therapy is a way with being with a child that recognizes and honors their unique developmental level. Mental health professionals use play therapeutically to help their clients explore and express themselves. Emotionally significant experiences are often better expressed through the symbolic representation of toys, helping children resolve many of their problems.

Local Experts in Play Therapy

Dr. Faye Kouimelis

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Children's main form of unconscious communication is through play. Additionally, children are unable to verbalize traumas and overwhelming experiences, but this can be expressed through play.

Jennifer Yeater

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Regardless of age, play helps relieve stress and boredom, connects us to people in positive ways, and stimulates creativity. It also helps regulate emotions and boost our ego. Using play as a modality of therapy allows for communication and expression that does not require words. I are trained to utilize these techniques across any age range and a variety of concerns.

Kathy Temple

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Family Therapy

I specifically use Synergetic Play Therapy. In this style of play therapy, I name my own feelings that arise while your child plays. Using this approach allows your child to see me as being authentic, which gets them to trust me. Naming my own feelings also encourages your child to reflect within themselves and become curious about how they are feeling.

Georginia Weygand, Ed.S.

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Individual Therapy

Especially for kids, play and games often allow for multiple chances to discuss strengths and difficulties, practice new techniques, and to feel comfortable in the process. Older adolescents may not enjoy playing in sand or with cars, but games can still be a powerful means of learning new skills.

jessi wheatley

Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy

certification in sandplay therapy.

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