About Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 13, play therapy is a form of Counselling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health.
Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys–such as playhouses and dolls–to understand the child’s behavior and identify issues.
Client Focus Age Toddlers (3 to 6) / Preschoolers (0 to 6) Children (6 to 10) Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Get the help you need and understand your child’s issues. They are treatable with play therapy, a non-verbal communication method.
We use various forms of “play” based on the child’s need. Some of the common techniques include: Art & Crafts Drama Music Therapeutic Games Sandplay Variety of Toys
Play Therapy Approach
Expressive arts therapy is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy on the basis that people can heal through use of imagination and creativity. Expressive arts therapy would include art therapy, dance therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and narrative therapy.
Our therapy area is a safe and welcoming space. Children are given the space to express themselves without feeling any pressure. After all they are here to “play”!
Working with Parents
Signs and Symptoms
- Changes in your child’s behaviours in different environments, home, school and/or social
- Sudden mood fluctuations, very sensitive or non-reactive
- Less energy focus and motivation
- Loss of interest in previous activities
- Changes in sleeping habits, either sleeping more or sleeping less
- Withdrawing behaviours, not socializing with friends or family, isolating themselves
- Changes in academics, unable to concentrate, not completing homework
- Bullying behaviours
- Becoming more aggressive when upset
- Complaining of physical ailments, headaches, stomach aches
Play Therapy Helps Dealing With These Issues
- Anger Management
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Behavioural Issues
- Coping Skills
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Disturbance
- Learning Disabilities
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiance
- Peer Relationships
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sexual Abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
How many therapy sessions does it take to heal my child? How long is each session?
Is Play Therapy covered by Insurance?
You may have an employee health care plan that has coverage for psychotherapy services.
If you are not sure you are covered, please check with your Insurance Carrier or with your Employer who would be able to assist.
We can provide appropriate receipts and documents for you to submit your claims.