FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PLAY THERAPY
How are we different? What kind of specialized training is required to be a Registered Play Therapist?
Our practice specializes in Play Therapy. Charlene Rogers has completed extensive training in Play Therapy and is certified by The Association for Play Therapy (APT) to train other therapists as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S).
Play Therapy at Rogers Counseling and Play Therapy Center differs from therapy in which a therapist uses toys and games but is not a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) in that they have not met the required educational, specialized training and supervision specific to Play Therapy. A credential as a Registered Play Therapist requires a minimum of 2 years post graduate training, coursework and supervision. For more information on credentialed Play Therapists please click the following link from the Association for Play Therapy.
Our team at Rogers Counseling and Play Therapy Center are at various stages of the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentialing process, actively pursuing additional educational and experiential requirements.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Although all children experience hurdles in life, some need more help than others in getting over them. If your child is experiencing significant difficulty at home, with peers, in school, or in the community, and there is no medical reason, play therapy may be beneficial. Our therapists use the therapeutic power of play to help children and their parents resolve psycho-social difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.
What is Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is a well-researched and the most accepted approach to working with children in counseling. Play Therapy is to children what psychotherapy is to adults. Children do not have the vocabulary or insight of adults, so it is difficult for them to talk about things that worry them. Play Therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communication and learning processes of children. Toys work like the child's words and play is their language. A Play Therapist works with children to help them learn adaptive behaviors, develop positive relationships, and to help them experience emotional healing.
What kinds of problems are helped in Play Therapy?
Studies have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of Play Therapy for concerns such as anger management, grief, loss, family dissolution, chronic illness, anxiety, and trauma. Children with autism spectrum disorders, attention issues, behavioral difficulties, social skill problems, and low self-esteem also show improvement with Play Therapy.
Will I be a part of my child's therapy session?
You will make an appointment to come in for an Intake Session without your child, so that you can speak privately with your therapist about your concerns. The second appointment will be for you child. Your clinician will meet with both you and your child together before taking your child to the Play Therapy Room. If your child has trouble separating from you, your therapist will have you come in to the session until your child feels comfortable.
Parental involvement and support is essential for making positive change. Your input and participation in the Play Therapy experience is critical to your child's progress. Your therapist will meet with you periodically to discuss your child's progress and to help you with effective parenting tools. Our goal is to help you overcome parenting struggles and build positive, peaceful and warm connections with your child.
How many sessions will my child need?
The number of sessions depends on the difficulties your child is having and how quickly he or she responds to treatment.
How do I prepare my child for Play Therapy?
Please be sure your child wears comfortable clothing. You can tell your child that they are coming to see a special person who is called a Play Therapist. You can tell them that the Play Therapist has a room with lots of toys. Please tell your child why they are coming (we are worried about...you are having a hard time with...and we need someone to help us help you). We will email you an "About Play Therapy" electronic book to read to your child prior to your child's first session. It will feature a picture of your child's Play Therapist so they will feel more comfortable about coming.
Please do not ask your child to thank the Play Therapist at the end of the session or to say goodbye. Therapy is hard work and children do better if they are allowed to feel relaxed and choose what to do when transitioning out of the office. We promise we won't judge you or think you have not taught them manners!
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play really is the work of childhood." Fred Rogers