Child Therapy

Child Therapy

Child Therapy in Davie & Wellington

  • Are you worried about your child mental health?
  • Are does child worry a lot?
  • Does your child seem sad?
  • Has your child been through a trauma or something else bad in their lives?

If you are worried about your child, seeking child therapy with someone who specializes in play therapy is going to be helpful.

Your child is not alone in needing support

According to the Association for Play Therapy:

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O’Connor & Schaefer, 1983). The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991). In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005). The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing (Moustakas, 1997). Play therapy may also be used to promote cognitive development and provide insight about and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking in the child (O’Connor & Schaefer, 1983; Reddy, Files-Hall, & Schaefer, 2005).

With Child Therapy & Play Therapy, your child can get the skills they need to manage their emotions

Child Therapy & Play Therapy is an effective treatment for helping children of all ages learn to manage and process their emotions in a healthy manner.  The treatment process from children looks very different than the process for adults.  Adults tend to focus on thinking and behaviors, while children need creative outlets for their emotions.  Child need to learn to explore their emotions through their five senses: touch, sense, sight, taste and sound.

The relationship between the child therapist and your child will be important.  It is what allows for change in therapy.

Play Therapy has been shown to be effective in dealing with issues such as:

  • Trauma- divorce, separation, abuse/neglect, foster care, adoption
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavior problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Anger Management

Depending on your child’s needs, a variety of tools will be used to work with them.  Our office has a sand tray to help your child explore their emotions.  This is a powerful adjunct to talk therapy.  Art therapy is another techniques that may be used.  Your child may come home with art projects and want to process their thoughts and feelings about their project.

Play is a fun activity that elevates our emotions and brightens our outlook on life. Play can relieve stress and boredom and connect us to people in a positive way, stimulating creativity, exploration, emotional regulation, and self-esteem. Play can expand our self-expression, self-knowledge, and confidence in controlling our behavior, motivation, and social environment.

Play therapy is most often used with children ages 3-12 and usually occurs in weekly sessions, it can take an average of 20 sessions to resolve problems. Some children may improve faster, while others may have more serious or ongoing problems that may take longer to resolve. Play therapy works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.

Caring Therapists of Broward & Palm Beach offers superb child therapy and play therapy

We are proud to have a 5 star rating on Google and Facebook.  We are committed to providing you with 5 star treatment based on evidenced based practices.

You Can Get Help For Your Child

If you’d like to schedule an appointment or get any of your questions answered, please call our office at 954-378-5381  and 561-223-1066 or send us an email at info@caringtherapistsofbroward.com.

Contact Us

We service all of Broward County, including Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Cooper City, Davie, Plantation, Southwest Ranches and Weston.

We service all of Palm Beach County, including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth.