Children naturally develop and relate to their world through their use of play.  For this reason, I utilize play therapy with children in order to build a trusting relationship, understand their experience of the outer world, and help them along their natural path of development.  Individual sessions with children usually are ‘play sessions’.  As a child psychologist, I am trained to use specific aspects of play to help a child to process and move through any difficulties they are experiencing.  I also help children to begin to verbalize their needs and experiences in ways that they might not have previously been able to, which may further strengthen their relationship with you.  

       

     As a concerned parent, you know your child better than anyone and will be an integral part of your child’s therapy.  Sessions may involve you, your child, your family or any combination, depending on what we determine to be the most beneficial for your child.​ 


Play therapy can help a child in many ways, such as:


  • Identifying and regulating emotions.
  • Verbalizing feelings instead of acting them out.
  • Managing a transition or stressor in their life.
  • Building and strengthening relationships.
  • Decreasing depression and/or anxiety.
  • Sorting through gender identity/expression.


    

     


Play Therapy

"There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding.  -Erik Erikson (1902-1994)