Playing is the natural action and the world that children live within, it is a method for them to learn and explore. Play Therapy utilizes play in a way that enables the child to process their world. Play therapy provides several different materials (music, movement, art, puppets, sand, dress-up, etc.) for the child to choose from. The child is the main focus of the therapy session, as play therapy is a child- centered approach, which allows the children to process negative life events in smaller, more manageable pieces. During play, children also are able to try out new behaviours or re-enact an experience and react differently. (Homeyer, L.E. and Morrison, M.O., 2008)
How many therapy sessions does it take to heal my child? How long is each session?
There is no specific number of sessions when it comes to therapy. We like to say to think about 3 sessions to form the relationship and review of goals after 8 sessions. Each session is 50 minutes.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
You can review the signs and symptoms
section for specific ideas. Often therapy is helpful when children have experienced large changes in the environment (i.e. divorce) or you are noticing behavioural changes in your child (i.e. more aggressive).
Do you provide Daycare/Baby Sitting services?
We are not a child care service. We ask that parents stay in the office while their child is in the therapy session. This is for safety reasons as well as when the session is over, it does not feel nice for a child to come out and have no one there to receive them.
Do parents/caregivers attend the therapy session with the child?
The sessions are individual, the child one-on-one with the therapist. We ask that parents stay in the office while their child is in the therapy session. This is for safety reasons as well as when the session is over, it does not feel nice for a child to come out and have no one there to receive them.