Child sessions are typically 45 minutes. As an Integrative Play Therapist we draw from a range of play therapy models/theories. We may use them in their pure form or integrate the models using a framework. Some examples of play therapy theories drawn from at Evergreen Play Therapy include (not a full list):
Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy – This is a particularly useful approach for older children and children that are aware, open and ready to discuss the challenges they’ve come to therapy for.
Client Centered Play Therapy – In this school of thought the client is assisted in expressing their feelings and finding solutions by being given the opportunity to bring forward what they feel is most critical to them. This allows the child to address what is most difficult through symbolism. The therapist joins their world through accepting symbolism.
Narrative Play Therapy – Some clients will come home with written stories or create live action stories with their therapist in session. The focus can be to recreate the story of something difficult and provide a more self-actualizing experience whereby gaining insight and express one’s feelings, cognitions and skills among other benefits.
Expressive and Experiential Therapies – These are popular for all ages including in family sessions. Sandtray , art therapy, symbolic play therapy, creative writing, active meditation, relaxation activities, mindfulness, and guided imagery.
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