Experiential Play Therapy

Improved outcomes for children

  • Global functioning

  • Disruptive

  • Aggression

  • Attention deficit

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment

  • Academic progress

  • Relationship stress

  • Self-concept

  • Internalizing problems

  • Somatization problems

  • Development

  • Social-emotional assets

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“Play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the ‘language’ of the child – play. Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients… to better express themselves and resolve their problems.” (www.a4pt.org)

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral theory stems from the idea that people are characterized by how they think about the world, and that the way they think and interpret events lead to emotional responses. The goal of CBT is to help individuals become aware of inaccurate thinking/irrational beliefs or thought patterns so challenging situations can be viewed more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

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Client Centered

Client centered therapy, developed by Carl Rogers, is focused on therapist establishing a warm, safe environment for the client, and providing genuine empathy. The therapist normally does not give advice.

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Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution focused therapy seeks to establish goals and solutions to a client’s problem that utilize the client’s strengths. The client sets their own goals and is aided by the therapist through psycho education and interactive counseling.

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Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic

This therapy involves the therapist teaching the survivor about the impact of trauma, common disorders associated with trauma, and ways to cope with symptoms.

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Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy involves telling and retelling the story of a trauma in order to better understand it, and work through the problems associated with it.

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Guided Imagery (Naparstek & others)

Guided imagery is a self-directed relaxation tool that helps the survivor of a traumatic event regain control by reducing their anxiety and anger. It helps survivors confront traumatic memories using indirect symbolism and metaphors, and works to naturally elevate serotonin-like neuro-hormone levels (Naparstek, 2001)