What is Play Therapy?
- Play Therapy is based on the idea that children express themselves through their play
- Oftentimes children do not have the ability to talk about their experiences like adults do and they need a different way to be heard
- It works from the “bottom-up” focusing on all events that might have influenced the current difficulties your child is experiencing
- It can be used to support your child through difficult times as well as assist them in working through an incident that occurred in their past
Why Play Therapy?
- Supports children in playing out their experiences and emotions
- Increases a child’s ability to express their emotions
- Supports a child in developing their ability to regulate and self-soothe
- Helps with all past trauma’s because it works from the “bottom-up”
- Increases a child’s feelings of empowerment and self-confidence
Eve has successfully helped children to cope with:
- Anger Management
- Divorce and Separation
- Grief and Loss
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Sleeping Troubles
- Transgender and Sexual Identity
Play Therapy is designed specifically with children in mind. Play is said to be the language of children. When children are going through a difficult time in life, it is hard for them to express their feelings. Playing allows children to express themselves and their emotions in a way that words cannot. In this therapy I concentrate on all of the systems and people that make your child who he or she is. I will be in contact with you on a regular basis about your child’s progress as well as applicable tips to use at home to assist your child during their therapeutic process.
I have been trained to read the nuances in a child’s play and to help them play out their experiences. As we play I am also naming emotions and somatic sensations. This aids the child in integrating their experiences with feelings and thoughts and can help them gain resources for future situations as well as work through past experiences.
Play Therapy works from the bottom-up and explores the root of the current issue. This is an important distinction to just trying to “fix” the symptoms. I believe that every reaction we have is intelligent in nature, and that in order to change our reactions (or symptoms) we need to be aware of our choices. When children are given awareness around their feelings and choices, they can start to experiment with making different choices. Eventually with support they can find a choice that feels better and promotes their feelings of safety. They can make better decisions and their behavior will reflect this.
Within this model, I work to help each child express his or her emotions and gain self-awareness. I believe in the importance of coping mechanisms, and I have a honed ability to see the strength in a child’s behaviors.