Counseling for Children
What Is Play Therapy?
In our office Play therapy is used as an integrative approach to working with children that uses toys and play in the counseling process. Through play, children and counselors can communicate more easily with one another. The following video clips, produced by the Association for Play Therapy, provides a wonderful example of why play therapy can be helpful when counseling children.
Play Therapy Works!
History Speaks: Schaefer Interview
Play therapy can be used for kids for a wide range of emotional or behavioral challenges such as:
- Oppositional defiance
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Attachment problems
- Adjustment to life events
Families and children will also learn skills on how to manage their emotions through integrative play-based exercises that can help them to recognize and express their feelings through healthy outlets. When you visit with us, we will personally work with your family to identify your needs before beginning a therapy program that will help your entire family to rise above their challenges and emerge with a stronger relationship. The average length of treatment is 12-20 sessions. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the treatment of their child through regularly scheduled parent sessions in which progress is reviewed and parent concerns can be addressed. If you are looking to build a positive relationship with your child and partner, then contact us to learn more services and how we can change your family for the better today.
Child-Parent Relationship Training
Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) is an approach to helping parents build stronger relationships with their children (2-10 years old) with the recognition that stronger parent-child relationships are associated with better child, parental, and family wellbeing. Outcomes from multiple research studies involving CPRT has revealed positive outcomes, most notably decreased child behavior problems, decreased parenting stress, and increased parental empathy and acceptance.
How CPRT Works
In CPRT, parents are taught some of the concepts and skills play therapists use in working with children, such as reflective responding, therapeutic limit setting, and choice-giving. After a period of observing, learning, and practicing these skills with the therapist, parents then begin to apply these skills in 30-minute play sessions with their child of focus, which are held once a week at home. The at-home play sessions provide an opportunity for parents to become more comfortable with these skills and allow parents to receive supportive feedback from the therapist. Later on in the training, parents learn how to generalize and apply these skills in their everyday interactions with their child and to the particular issues they may be experiencing with their child. The following video clip, produced by Dr. Cornett, provides a wonderful example of why Child Parent Relationship Therapy can be helpful to strengthen the parent-child relationship.
In its traditional format, CPRT is used with small groups of 6-8 parents over 10 sessions, although in our offices it can be adapted for individual use. Parents often report that the small group format is helpful as they get to know other parents who may also be experiencing similar issues with their children and are able to receive support and encouragement.
We have all been impacted and continue to be influenced by the quality of our most intimate relationships. Research supports this time and time again. Our relationships with our loved one’s matter and are deserving of our care and attention.
Although many people seek counseling alone, research supports that therapy that involves families is among the most efficient and effective forms of therapy. This makes sense: Although families are not problem-free, family members can be a source of great support for one another.
Living can often feel like a never ending struggle. Although these struggles in and of themselves are not enjoyable, they can serve as a helpful and realistic reminder that we are not meant to bear these burdens alone. Counseling can provide a wonderful opportunity to take the time to let go, understand, and grow from the burdens you may be experiencing.
As Christians our faith significantly informs our worldview in this daily walk call life and in our relationships. Many Christians desire counseling that approaches understanding and addressing issues and problems from a faith-based perspective. If that describes you, please do not be shy to ask about this.