As a therapist, I have been working with children and teenagers since my internship in 2002. I learned quickly that traditional talk therapy wasn’t going to work with the average kid I was seeing, so I got additional training in Play Therapy with an added focus on Sandtray Therapy. This training proved to be priceless in the coming years as I worked in a community counseling center as a child and family therapist and later when I worked as a counselor in an elementary school. I continue to enjoy working with children and teenagers today in my private practice setting.
“Birds fly, fish swim, and children play” -Dr. Gary Landreth
Play Therapy is the most appropriate method of therapy for children or adults that are unable to express themselves with words. Play therapy may involve the use of miniatures, sand tray, games, role playing, art, movement, or other therapeutic tools and toys. These tools allow individuals to express themselves in the way that they feel the most comfortable.
As a therapist, I have been trained on how to provide a safe environment of acceptance where clients are free to use their developmentally appropriate tendencies to “act out”, or “play out” their reactions to their current life situations and work towards gaining a sense of understanding and mastery of those otherwise difficult situations.
The following Play Therapy video has been created by and is property of Association for Play Therapy, Inc.
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” -Carl Jung
Sandtray or Sandplay Therapy is a hands on, non-verbal approach to psychotherapy. Clients are allowed to create, manipulate, and control their “world” within the secure space of the sand tray container. Working and manipulating their environment in this way can be a very cathartic experience which may aid the client in gaining new insights into their life experiences. Sandtray can be used with children as well as adults.