Child Counseling & Play Therapy
At GHCS, PLLC we enjoy working with individuals from the tall to the small. We offer therapy services from children as young as 3 years old struggling with a wide range of issues including behavioral problems, mood disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), phobias, abuse, trauma, grief and loss, divorce, school problems, foster/adoption issues, and developmental delays. We offer several different types of play therapy such as Child-Centered Play Therapy, directive play therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy. Your child's therapist will meet with you and determine which types of play therapy may best suit your child's needs.
What is Play Therapy?
This form of child counseling is to children what talk therapy is to adults. However, instead of words, children use toys and other expressive materials to convey their thoughts and feelings. This is often difficult for young children to do in a verbal way not because they don't want to express their feelings, but rather they have yet to develop the emotional vocabulary and advanced cognitive skills to do so. In a play session, however, children use their play and toys to show the counselor what they are thinking and feeling. Likewise, the therapist can use the methods to communicate with children about what is happening in their lives and to help them explore alternative behaviors and attitudes.
Will I be involved in my child's therapy?
Your child will typically go into the therapy room alone with the counselor. This may vary if you adding other types of therapy such as Filial therapy or Theraplay. You will, however, meet with your child's counselor regularly to discuss your child's progress and help you better understand what is happening with your child in play therapy. This may also be a good time to learn and practice new skills to use at home with your child. Parental support sessions and the Positive Parenting Class are also available for parents interested in learning new skills and ways to support their child.
Will you tell me what happens in session?
To help build trust in the relationship with children, the therapist keeps what they say and do in the sessions mostly private. Instead of talking about specifics, the counselor consults with parents about different ways to understand their child's current behaviors and emotions.
We also offer therapy services for teens and adolescents looking to work through various issues, such as behavioral issues, issues with self-esteem, difficulty interacting with peers or socializing, self-harm, emerging personality disorders, question about sexuality and sexual orientation, along with many other concerns. Contact us today to see if we can help.