Utilizing Play Therapy in Counseling

The thought of taking your child to a counselor can be a bit scary. Play therapy is a unique approach that our skilled experts use to interact with your child. This method utilizes the natural abilities your child has in expressing themselves to resolve conflict through play.

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What is Play Therapy?

Children do not always possess the capability of being able to express their emotions. In play therapy we give the child some toys and allowed to play freely during their session. As they interact with the items they choose, a counselor gains insight into underlying issues that may be related to their behavior. This allows the counselor to then begin exploring emotions with your child and dealing with any unresolved trauma. To the untrained eye, play therapy simply looks like a normal part of a child’s day. To a trained therapist, it can be a wealth of  insightful information.

Benefits of Play Therapy

Play Therapy International states that 70% of children are helped through the use of evidence-based practices such as play therapy. Fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and language are a few of the benefits that result from this approach. Other benefits include the following:

  • Developing problem-solving skills
  • Discovering coping mechanisms
  • Self-respect
  • Improved social skills
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Respect for others
  • Learning to take responsibility for their own actions

At first, your child may be apprehensive when meeting with the counselor. As they spend time together, trust will begin to grow. Inevitably, once we’ve established trust, your child will become more creative in their play and increasingly verbal.

Adjunct Therapy

This specific method of treatment for your child is intended to work alongside any medications or other treatments if necessary, not replace them. To better serve you and your family, we offer in-person appointments in three locations, Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville. Although we do still offer teletherapy visits, we don’t generally recommend them for pediatric appointments. Contact us today by filling out the confidential online form or calling  (256) 239-5662.

 

Child Counseling Helps Kids in Many Ways

child in counselingWhen your child is sick, there is no hesitation to take them to a doctor. However, when a child is struggling with emotions or social situations, parents many times find themselves at a loss of knowing what to do. Child counseling is beneficial to the overall wellness of your child and can help pave a path of success for the years to come.

Reasons for Counseling

There are many reasons your child would benefit from counseling. Some are more obvious than others, but we’ve compiled a brief list here:

  • Death of a family member or friend
  • Parents going through divorce
  • Bullying
  • Moving to a new neighborhood
  • Transferring to a different school
  • Loss of a pet
  • Social anxiety
  • Diagnosis of illness
  • Drama with friends
  • General life transitions

By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it gives you a short overview of common reasons your child could be struggling.

How Counseling Can Help

It is important for your child to have someone to talk to. Your child may be afraid or uncomfortable confiding in a family member. It is also quite possible your child is experiencing feelings they don’t understand. Engaging with a counselor will help them learn not only what they are feeling but why and where those feelings come from. A child in counseling learns tools they need to navigate the difficult times with healthy coping skills. As they acquire these skills, their self-esteem and confidence will grow. They will also be better equipped to face difficult situations in the future.

How You Can Help

If your child is going through a difficult time, acting out, experiencing signs of withdrawal, and demonstrates changes in eating or sleeping patterns or any other concerning symptoms, contact Garrett Counseling today or call (256) 239-5662. Our specialized team of counselors have decades of experience working with children of any age and are conveniently located in Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville.