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Play Therapy for ages birth to 12

Child Therapy in St. Paul Minnesota

Children who are experiencing sadness, depression, grief, anxiety, and other issues can often benefit from counseling. The most natural way for therapists to engage with these kids is through play, because play is the language of the child. Play is how kids best relate with others, communicate, and integrate their experiences.

Play therapy is generally scheduled one time per week, with each weekly session lasting 50 minutes in length. Parent sessions with and without the child will also be an integral part of a children’s therapy journey.

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach that creates a space in which children utilize toys and other materials to process their feelings and experiences and resolve internal conflicts. Through play kids can learn emotional regulation, adaptive behaviors, as well as emotional and social skills.

 

Play Therapy can be used to treat:
-Depression
-Anxiety
-Social difficulties
-Bullying
-Divorcing parents
-Academic decline
-Nightmares/disturbed sleep
-Physical illness
-Sexual abuse
-Trauma
-Sibling tension/stress
-Problematic biting
-Separation anxiety
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Sensory Processing issues
-Many other life situations!

If you are considering having your child engage in Child Therapy at Sentier Psychotherapy, please read about Annalise John, M.S.W., LICSW, our Child Therapist.