As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) I’m qualified to help children far beyond a general child therapist. RPT-S is the highest certification to provide play therapy in the United States. Certification as a Registered Play Therapist requires a Master’s or Doctorate degree with considerable general clinical experience and advanced, specialized training, experience, and supervision, and a mental health professional license. I’ve been serving families professionally since 2000, and research shows that the education, training and experience of the therapist have a direct impact on the outcomes of treatment.
Some of my sub-specialties include anxiety, trauma, neurodiversity, highly sensitive temperament, childhood depression and others.
My approach comes from acknowledging that people have the power within to make the changes to live healthy lives. I adjust my role in helping children and families based on their strengths, needs, style, and development. As an Integrative Play Therapist I utilize a methodical and reflective approach to individualize my treatment in a systematic way. This allows me to help each family in the most effective way and track progress. It’s important that parents are part of the overall treatment and I discuss how parents will play a role which often includes providing education and strategies to help at home. My aim is to help children and families develop new strategies to manage the difficulties they come to therapy with and be able to maintain their progress upon leaving. I help by discussing our exit plan from the beginning because I want families to move out of therapy as soon as they’ve reached their treatment goals and can maintain them.
There are more than 25 types of play therapy. It’s important that I draw from more than one approach to best treat children and families. Some play therapy models I draw from include but are not limited to:
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