In This Episode:
Pam Dyson tells us all about Play Therapy.
Play therapy is different than a child just playing.
Play therapy may look and feel differently with different therapists. Some therapists allow the child to lead the play in some situations and other situations may be a bit more directive by the therapists.
The relationship between the therapist and the child is key in regards to meeting the treatment goals.
Pam customizes her approach for each child and each family to ensure that she meets their specific needs.
Pam Dyson trains therapist in Play Therapy techniques through their work. She is a strong believer in ongoing training for therapist to stay abreast of new approaches.
Play therapy can help with all kinds of behavioral and emotional challenges that a child may have such as grief and lost from a death, divorce, adoption, anxiety, depression, traumas, life changes, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and so much more.
Its important parents to work closely with the therapist to maximize the effect for the child.
Play therapy can be used to diagnose and treat children with problematic issues.
The benefits of Play Therapy is seemingly limitless. It nurtures responsibility, understanding, self-esteem, and so much more.
Play therapy is a method of therapy that has been proven to reduce and/or resolve a variety of problems in children and families.
It is designed for children between the ages of 3-9 years old, while my Art Therapy Studio is designed for ages 12+.
Play therapists work closely with parents to develop an effective treatment plan that works towards a happier and healthier life.
Sometimes Play Therapy is offered in the home, school, and other places. It is not limited to the therapist’s office.
The toys in a play therapy room are chose carefully to ensure that children can fully express themselves. Some of the toys are aggressive, nurturing and expressive in nature.
EMDR integrates extremely well with Play Therapy. Problematic issues such as phobias, nightmares, bed-wetting, fear, anger, acting out/aggression, and more…, can be treated successfully with this integrated therapeutic approach. For children and adolescents, sand tray therapy, art therapy, hand tapping, and a “hand held buzzer” (to create the bi-lateral stimulation effect) can be during an EMDR therapy session. This is one of my(Jackie) treatments of choice, as I have seen so many people heal much more quickly than other means.
Be sure to check out the future episode with Dr. Dalena Taylor on Child Parent Relationship Therapy, also known as CPRT and Filial therapy.
Also, a previous guest on Parenting in the Rain podcast, Tammi Van Hollander, will be on the show soon to tell us all about and expressive arts type of therapy, Sand Tray Therapy.
Following is a link to my private play therapy practice www.counselinginbrevard.com click on “Tour”.
How to know when your child needs therapy? If there is changes in the child’s behavior, especially after a change or a trauma in the child’s life therapy may be beneficial for the child. Changes such as a move, a death in the family or a pet, trauma at school or home, and many more issues can cause a shift in the behavior and/or cause a change in their ability to focus.
How do you know when it’s time to finish therapy? When the child’s behaviors improve, the reasons why they came in improve, or the child seems to be enjoying a better quality of life at home, school and life it could be a good time to phase out of therapy.
Sometimes children return back to therapy after it’s complete if the behaviors resurface or another issue arises.
The relationship between the child and the therapist is so important in the healing process.
To find a play therapist in your area you can do a search for a play therapist on the internet, but specifically the Association for Play Therapy, APT, has some great resources and can give you information on Play Therapists in your area.
Be sure to check out future episodes of the podcast. A free training will be coming up next week to help parents through parent through divorce.
You can read the full show notes at www.parentingintherain.com