School Age Children
For school age children, therapy takes place in a well-stocked playroom with a variety of carefully chosen toys and materials designed to provide a satisfying and enjoyable experience. Subsequent to completion of history forms, a therapy release form, a play history form and a parent conference to provide a full developmental history, children spend approximately one to two months exploring the playroom and developing a therapeutic relationship with me. The child, according to their interests, largely leads these sessions. Once a positive and trusting relationship has been established, I utilize a variety of directive and non- directive play therapy techniques to aid in exploration and resolution of social and emotional issues. Such techniques may include floor play, use of a sand box, therapeutic storytelling, art materials, games and computer programs.
Adolescents do not use the playroom, but are invited to use a sand tray and a wide variety of miniatures, artwork, music and the computer to express their inner lives. Relationships with these clients involve use of their interests to enhance and grow the collaborative work needed to help them identify and create solutions for their issues. Although I am a prescriptive therapist (use of many techniques to determine the best fit for the client), I also use cognitive behavioral therapy and collaborative problem solving to improve social and emotional functioning.