The Parents Corner is dedicated to parents and caregivers. It is a place to ask questions, gather information, find resources, and familiarize yourself with Play Therapy as a modality of child therapy. Should you need further assistance, please contact our Clinical Coordinator,Claudia Vega, PhD.
What Is Play Therapy?
“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self expression ... It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” Virginia Axline
Play Therapy, a modality of child therapy, is a powerful tool for addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Licensed professionals use play therapeutically to help clients better process their experiences and develop more effective strategies for managing their worlds. For additional information regarding play therapy and its benefits, please seePlay Therapy Makes a Difference!
Does My Child Need Play Therapy?
Deciding whether or not to take your child to a play therapist for child and/or family therapy is a personal choice. Children are seen in therapy for an array of reasons, such as behavioral issues (caused by bullying, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, and crisis and trauma) and mental health disorders (ie: anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity or ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, academic and social impairment, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders). Please refer toSocial, Emotional and Behavioral Disordersfor additional information on this topic.
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.
What does a Play Therapy Session look like?
Play therapy sessions are as unique as the individuals who seek them. Although it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen due to an array of factors (such as the child's presenting problem, therapist professional orientation, parental involvement, financial constraints, etc.) there are commonalities most share. Please refer to theWhat to Expect in a Play Therapy Sessionpage on our website.
Where Can I Find a Play Therapist?
Play Therapists are licensed mental health professionals who have earned a Master's or Doctorate degree in a mental health field and obtained considerable general clinical experience and supervision. Examples include professional counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, clinical school counselors, clinical school psychologists, psychiatric nurses, etc.
Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors (RPT-S) are licensed professionals who have obtained additional education, training, and supervised experience in the field of play therapy.
APT Parents Corner is a resource section for parents and caregivers intended for informational and educational purposes only. The resources on this site should not be construed as advice or used to replace the specialized analysis and professional judgment of health care or mental health care professionals. APT Parents Corner disclaims any liability for the use of the information provided on APT Parents Corner. If you have specific concerns about your child or children, please consult a trained medical or mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment, therapy or educational plan of your child (or a child you are working with).
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