WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?

Play Therapy is a method of counseling children through the use of toys, games, art and other types of play to help them process the struggles and relationships that they encounter in their lives. Children do not have the ability to verbalize their thoughts and feelings in the same way that adults do. For a child, play is the language and toys are the words. Through therapeutic play, children are able to interact and communicate in the way that is most natural for them.

WHAT IS A PLAY THERAPY OFFICE?

The Play Therapy office is the child’s world during therapy. It is equipped with therapeutic toys so that children have the freedom to express all of their emotions in a safe place with a trained therapist.

WHAT HAPPENS IN PLAY THERAPY?

Trained therapists work with children to assess and understand the meaning and metaphors of their play. The therapist helps the child express their feelings, cope with difficult emotions, modify their behavior, and develop problem-solving skills.

WOULD MY CHILD BENEFIT FROM THIS TYPE OF THERAPY?

Play Therapy is especially beneficial for children ages 3 to 12 years old, but may also be appropriate for older children. The belief that play is essential for the health and happiness of all people is shared by many who work in the medical and mental health professions. Research shows that Play Therapy can be effective for children struggling with life and family stressors related to separation or divorce, death, grief and loss, chronic illness and hospitalizations, trauma, abuse, natural disasters and other stressful life experiences. It is used to help with anger management, anxiety, aggression, ADHD, attachment issues, conflict with family or peers, defiant behaviors, depression, low self-esteem, poor social skills and school problems.

WILL I BE INVOLVED?

The role of the parents in a child’s healing process is very important. A child’s problems can affect and disrupt the whole family. Play therapists communicate regularly with parents and caretakers to discuss ways to support the child in their progress at home and sometimes by involving family members in the play therapy sessions.

The hearts at our clinic are heavy laden.  We grieve with the broken-hearted and recognize weariness from the pain around us.  We stand in corporate grief with the family of George Floyd, and all those who suffer due to the pain of historical trauma.  We stand in regret for our nation’s past and current division as we continue to battle racial bias.  We also acknowledge the psychological challenges faced by our first responders.  We offer an open and welcoming door for all those who are hurting and needing support.  The virus has taken a lot from us and now we are facing another significant challenge.  So, as we continue our work at LDR, our passion grows and our focus sets on caring for all people who seek our services. 
 
During this time of COVID, Life Development Resources is open to both existing and new clients via telehealth. Call us at 952-898-1133. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being to our staff, clients, and the larger community, our clinic continues to monitor local, state and federal agencies and are observing their recommendations. 
 
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