Play Therapy is the practice of meeting children at their developmental level to bring about change through play. Play Therapy uses both directed and open-ended play to encourage the creative process within a psycho-therapeutic relationship. A Play therapist is a licensed therapist who has specialized training to use intentional toys with open ended and directed play. Play Therapists use specific trauma informed and culturally inclusive toys and play therapy supplies to facilitate their sessions. Mosaic offers Tallahassee play therapy services that are trauma informed and culturally inclusive.
Play therapy is helpful for infants, children, & even teens. It can also be helpful for adults with developmental delays. Play therapy is helpful in addressing anxiety, depression, trauma and emotional behavioral issues in children. A Registered Play therapist meets a child at their developmental level, so play therapy is a good fit for both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals. Play therapy can also be a great fit for a parent—child session to give parents new tools and promote attachment.
Did you know children actually learn through play? Play is actually the universal first language. Play therapy is founded in the research that a child creates new pathways in the brain as they play and that children communicate their needs and emotions through play. Children can problem solve, roll play, and experiment safely in their play. Play Therapists offer a space for children to create a sense of autonomy and develop new coping skills. Play therapy actually reaches children in a way that traditional talk therapy falls short.
A Play Therapist is a licensed therapist or counselor who receives specialized training and certification in play therapy. This specialized knowledge helps them understand what toys and supplies to use in play therapy sessions. They learn how to utilize play in a trauma informed and culturally inclusive way. After this specialized training a Play Therapist must pursue the Registered Play Therapit’s™ credential through extensive supervision, clinical hours, and continued education. A trained play therapist can facilitate a play therapy session with both direct or open ended play to help children process and grow. Play therapists are experts in helping children overcome, grow and change through play.
Does your child struggle with big emotions and behaviors? Are you raising a highly sensitive or neurodivergent child? Are you carring for a kiddo who has experienced trauma or is struggling? Play Therapy sessions help kids of all ages and backgrounds. A play therapy session lasts for 50 minutes, typically occurring weekly, biweekly, or monthly. During a play therapy session, toys and supplies are specifically currated for the children.
At Mosaic, play therapy sessions are facilitated by a professional play therapist, during which clients engage in play to explore and accomplish personal and relational treatment goals. Play Therapy in Tallahassee can address a variety of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, behavioral issues, developmental delays, neurodivergent minds, and more.
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Below are some common myths about play therapy.
Play therapy uses specific toys and supplies to facilitate therapeutic and developmentally appropriate play. Toys used in Play Therapy are culturally inclusive and trauma informed. In Play Therapy sessions, specific toys or play is used to prompt therapeutic growth.
Play therapy is great for all ages and presenting concerns. Play Therapy meets the child at thier developmental level even if they are a little older or mature. Through play children will process and problem solve many issues including problematic behaviors and big emotions. Play is your child’s first language, so they are learning on a deeper level when we use play to communicate.
Play therapy is a creative space intentionally cultivated with specific supplies and directives to prompt problem solving and therapeutic growth. The Play Therapist relationship and the environment play a crucial role in guiding the therapeutic process.
Play therapy is a specific modality that requires specialized trainings, and supervision hours. In order to become a Registered Play Therapist, a clinician must first be licensed and then it can take at least 2-3 years to become credentialed after licensure.
Play therapy is great for all ages, not just for kids! Play Therapy can look different depending on a client’s age. For example: Teens might involve more directive play or games. Play Therapy is also a great resource for parents to learn how to use play to manage their child’s big emotions and challenging behaviors. Play Therapy can also help adults get more in touch with their own playfulness, creativity, and self-care. Play Therapy can be tailored to all ages and meet your interests and therapeutic needs.
Play Therapy is a regulated and specialized niche in the mental health field . The Association for Play Therapy helps mental health professionals become ethically trained and skilled as a registered play therapist.
The purpose of the Florida Association for Play Therapy, Inc. (FAPT) is to advance the discipline of play therapy through promotion of the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.
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