Play therapy is a type of counseling that allows
counselors to effectively work with young children. Children communicate
thoughts, feelings and concerns through their play, much like adults communicate
At Milestones Counseling Services, we provide
non-directive play therapy. Non-directive play therapy allows the child to work
on their own concerns and issues, not just the concerns and issues that the
parents or counselor has identified. What makes play therapy different from just
playing is that the counselor is trained to look for meaning and build a
relationship with the child to understand what the child is working through.
Some of the most common issues children address in play therapy are: divorce,
trauma, school issues, ADHD, depression/anxiety, sibling issues,
physical/emotional/sexual abuse, and anger issues.
A typical play therapy session involves working with
the child either individually or with their parents in the playroom. This
special room contains a variety of toys aimed at allowing the child the ability
to freely express their concerns. The “play” portion of the session is
approximately 45 minutes long. Then therapist then meets with parents separately to
discuss any further issues or concerns that they have regarding their child and
to update them on their child’s progress. The most important way parents can
help their child in the play therapy process is to encourage the child to
freely express their thoughts and feelings in a counseling session and letting
them know "this is your special time to talk or play about whatever you want".
Parents are an important part of their child's therapy; During the parent
consultation part of the session, parents are provided with areas/tasks to focus on
with their child between therapy appointments.