Child Therapy

At Root and Blossom, we recognize that play is foundational in child therapy, serving as the primary way children understand the world and express themselves. We integrate play therapy with psychotherapy, expressive arts, and various therapeutic modalities, tailoring our approach to meet the unique needs of each child. This comprehensive strategy ensures a nurturing environment for growth, expression, and healing.

Child Therapy
Entering a Child's World

Entering a Child's World

Play therapy is often regarded as the gold standard for treating children due to its unique ability to engage young minds at their developmental level. Unlike traditional talk therapies, play therapy utilizes the natural language of children - play - to communicate and express emotions, thoughts, and experiences.

A Look Inside Sessions

Therapists create a safe and comfortable environment where children can express themselves through play, using toys, games, storytelling, and art. The therapist observes and sometimes participates in the play, helping to guide the child to express feelings, work through traumatic experiences, develop problem-solving skills, and learn new ways of thinking and behaving. Play therapy can be nondirective (where the child leads the play) or directive (where the therapist provides more structure and guidance).

As children age and their cognitive and verbal abilities mature, play therapy naturally evolves to include more elements of talk therapy. This transition is a gradual and fluid process, reflecting the child's growing ability to articulate thoughts and feelings more explicitly. In older children and adolescents, therapy often becomes a blend of play and conversation, where play remains a comfortable and familiar medium for expression, but is increasingly complemented by direct dialogue. This combination allows the therapist to maintain a connection with the child's inner world while progressively introducing more conventional therapeutic conversations, ensuring that the therapy remains effective and age-appropriate throughout the child's development.

How Play Therapy Makes a Difference

How Play Therapy Makes a Difference

Some of the issues play therapy can help with include:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Divorce or Family Changes
  • Social Skills Deficits
  • Loss and Grief
  • Depression
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders:
  • Academic Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Attachment Issues
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
  • Phobias and Fears
  • Coping with Medical Issues
  • Selective Mutism
  • Bullying or Peer Issues
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Adoption and Foster Care Adjustments

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