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Adoption and Play Therapy

I recently have had an influx of children who are adopted in my practice. This has reminded me of the unique challenges that families of adopted children face and that play therapy is extremely well-suited for them. Not only does it give kids the opportunity to address their experiences, but it also provides a method […]

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Play Therapy and Divorce

One of the most difficult things that a child goes through is the divorce of his or her parents in childhood. This not only impacts the emotional and behavioral health of the child, but it changes everything in the child’s environment as well. What was once part of the normal family routine is uprooted and shifts to […]

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Childhood Diagnoses and Play Therapy

I am often told by parents in the initial consultation that medical doctors have recommended a mental health diagnosis for their child, even if one was never officially given. This is always interesting for me, as pediatricians typically spend twenty minutes, once a year with children. (Please note that I am not implying that medical […]

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Kids’ Food Allergies and Play Therapy

I recently worked with a child with a severe and debilitating fear about his peanut allergy. Even though his peanut allergy was closely monitored and managed by his parents and teachers, he became overwhelmed and consumed with exposure to peanuts at school, at home, at restaurants, at friends’ homes, and anywhere there was food. Fears […]

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Play Therapy and the Court System

I have recently been receiving more referrals from family attorneys whose clients are in the middle of heated and difficult custody battles. Understandably, the kids are struggling to make sense of the new situation and are absorbing some of the anger and worry of the circumstances. Sometimes, during or after treatment, I am asked to […]

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Phases of Treatment in Play Therapy

Just like learning to play a sport or learning to read, there is a set process for mastering the fundamentals, typically broken down into smaller steps or chunks. Similarly, one of the most important elements of the play therapy process is the four phases of treatment. Kids go through a very specific progression, and it […]

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Progress in Children’s Therapy

It is interesting to consider how different children are than adults. We often forget that although they are smaller beings, they actually think, act, and process very differently. And therefore, they can’t be expected to fit into the same timeline, path, or journey as adults in therapy. As a result, I often explain to parents […]

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Play Therapy Toys

Many parents walk into my play room and are a little surprised by the explanation of the importance of the toys. I am very careful to communicate that play room toys have been specifically selected, not collected. They either fall into one of three main categories of toys, or they are therapeutically useful in another […]

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What to Tell Your Child About Going to Therapy

One of the most common questions that I receive from parents in my consultations is how to tell their child about coming to therapy for the first time. Most of the questions sound something like this: How do I describe what you do? What do I explain about why they need it? What if they don’t […]

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