Why play therapy?
Play therapy uses play, children's natural language, to allow them to communicate and deal with their feelings in a way that is more natural and comfortable to them. More simply put, "For children, toys are their words and play is their language." (from The Art of the Relationship by Garry Landreth)
A child may not be able to communicate with words about the nightmares she experiences; however, she can use paint, sand, Nerf guns, or dollhouse characters to communicate the experience through play, and to begin working toward less nightmares by facing the issues in her own way.
Check out this short video produced by the Association for Play Therapy to find our more about why play therapy is effective for children. Brave Tomorrow has therapists who are specially trained and credentialed to work with children using play therapy.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can call Brave Tomorrow anytime at 404-620-1551. We may not answer immediately, but we will return your call as quickly as possible.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will a play therapy session look like? What do I need to know as a parent?
Counseling and play therapy sessions are 45-50 minutes long. At the beginning of each session, the therapist will meet for a few minutes with the parent(s). This gives us an opportunity to check in, give you general updates about how things are going in the counseling sessions, and lets you share any concerns or questions you have with us. After this check-in time, the therapist will spend the rest of the time with your child. We will meet with your child either in the playroom or the office - this will depend on the age of the child and the goals for the therapy session.
Sessions may involve allowing the child to play out scenarios, draw, talk through concerns, or complete activities using the tools available in the playroom or office. This will vary depending on the child's age, preferences, and the goals of treatment. Some of the resources we use are playhouses with figurines, wet and dry sand and sand toys, musical instruments, books, games, dress-up clothes, puppets, babydolls, and domestic toys.
How do I know if my child needs to see a play therapist?
Chances are, if you have found our website, you have some concerns about feelings and behaviors you are seeing in your child. We are happy to talk through your concerns in more detail, and discuss how we can help.
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