PLAY THERAPY

Play therapy has proven equally effective across age, gender, and presenting problems.. Additionally, positive treatment effects were found to be greatest when there was a parent actively involved in the child’s treatment.

Children don’t have the same cognitive ability as an adult to say what’s bothering them. The problem could be a behavioral issue, psychological issue, or maybe even medical. No matter what the problem is, they need a way to discuss it. Children can work on issues that are distressing to them, can play out issues of what the future will be, and can talk about trauma. If it’s too hard to put into words, they can work on it with play. Play therapy helps children become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies, develop new and creative solutions to problems, develop respect and acceptance of self and others, learn to experience and express emotion, cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others, learn new social skills and relational skills with family, and develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities. If you believe you or your child would benefit from learning about play therapy, it may be time to reach out.

Treatment at CARE Counseling using play therapy may include working toys or activities that allow the child to explore complex emotions and tell their story through objects they interact and play with. Additionally, caregivers may be part of the process whether they are directly in the treatment and working on modifying how they interact with the child at home or the whole family is participating in family play therapy. Whatever the level of involvement of the family members, they typically play an important role in the child’s healing.

How it works

During play therapy, the therapist and the child engage in pretend play, games, arts, crafts, storytelling, and other forms of creative expression. Throughout the session, the child has the freedom to play in a way that feels natural for them, and the therapist collaborates with the child to help them make meaning and learn new skills. In addition to play therapy, therapists usually meet with the client’s parents or legal guardians to teach them new ways to connect with their child and help them understand their child’s behavior.

HOW IT HELPS

Play Therapy can help normalize clients symptoms and provide a safe place to communicate difficult feelings with the support from a therapist.

Benefits of Play Therapy

In play therapy children have a space to express difficult emotions, make sense of events in their life, and gain self-esteem. Children feel more connected to others and feel less overwhelmed by their feelings, resulting in fewer behavioral problems, anxiety, trauma symptoms, or relationship issues. Read More about Play Therapy

who does play therapy help

Play therapy is typically appropriate for children ages 3 to 12, and it can be used to help children with a variety of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress,adjustment to life changes, academic difficulties, trauma, and more.

What is PCIT?

Parenting can be hard. There are good days and not-so-good days, however when the good days feel few and far between it can have a big impact on our mental health.
Benefits of Friendships

Benefits of Friends

Did you know that there are awesome psychological-benefits for adult friendships? As an adult, you may find your friendships taking a back seat to other aspects of your life; however, making and maintaining meaningful friendships is not only good for mental health, but offers quite a few added benefits.

The Importance of Trans Youth Allies

Allies are so important to adolescent psychosocial identity development and mental health well-being. Adolescence is a key developmental period where youth are exploring and forming identity.

Father's Day 2021

This Father’s Day, let’s not forget about dad! While mothers play a significant role in a child’s overall wellness, fathers-influence-development-and-well-being too!

Let’s Talk About Postpartum

Postpartum is the magical time when you have your baby and you can finally sleep again and all your dreams are coming true - right? If you are a (new) parent - you probably laughed and / or scoffed at that statement.

WEEKLY INTERVENTION IDEAS: MAY 31ST EDITION

Accepting Differences: One way to work with kids and teens on fostering healthy relationships is by building skills around empathy. An aspect of practicing empathy is learning to accept and appreciate differences.
Self-CARE for Mother's Day

The 3 R’s: Rest, Relax, and Rejuvenate for Mother’s Day

Expecting moms and new moms. Moms to school-aged children, teens, and young adults. Moms that are raising their adult children and grandchildren. Foster moms, step-moms, and co-parents. Neighborhood moms and church moms—It takes a village. Dog moms and cat moms. Even plant moms.
ACCEPTANCE. INCLUSION. LISTENING, AND CREATING SPACE TO FEEL HEARD: WHAT PARENTS OF CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM WANT YOU TO KNOW

Acceptance. Inclusion. Listening, and Creating Space to Feel Heard: What Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum Want You to Know

Parenting is not easy, especially for parents of children with a high level of need. Children with autism are often working so much harder than other children as the environment is not designed for neurodivergent individuals.
WHAT TO DO (AND NOT TO DO) WHEN YOUR CHILD COMES OUT TO YOU

What To Do (And Not To Do) When Your Child Comes Out To You

It takes courage for a child to come out as LGBTQ. While a parent may have a variety of responses, here are some important Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind.

Understanding the Process of Autism Screening, Evaluation, and Connection to Supports

Navigating the system is hard work, especially for parents of children on the autism spectrum! I wanted to provide a brief overview of the basic process—from early screening and intervention and evaluation to therapeutic supports.

Understanding the Complex Mental Health Needs of Children with Autism

As a clinician who specializes in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders in children, the most complex clinical presentations have involved a combination of mood, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental symptoms in addition to autism.
THE HAPPINESS MYTH

The Happiness Myth

“I just want to be happy”. This should not be happening to me. We tell ourselves that we should feel happy. I will be happy after I _____ become, achieve, obtain… Then why is one still unhappy during their pursuit of happiness?
Supporting Teachers and the Work They Do

Supporting Teachers and The Work They are Doing

Supporting Teachers and The Work They are Doing. As a mental health therapist who has worked many years alongside teachers within the school system, I have a deep appreciate for the work that they do
NO NAME CALLING WEEK

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week (January 18th- 22nd, 2021) falls during the same week of the presidential inauguration and is just weeks before Twin Cities educators are preparing for the transition to classroom learning for K-5th grade students.
BEING MINDFUL AND COMPASSIONATE IN TOUGH CONVERSATIONS

Being Mindful and Compassionate in Tough Conversations

Tough conversations often create discomfort and can lead to avoidance. There may be reluctance to speak up due to fear of consequences. What will people think? How do I manage my own anxiety? Consider for a moment that remaining silent during tough conversations also communicates a message. What message do you wish to convey?
Handout

SCREENAGERS Follow-Up : What can parents do

What CAN parents do: Keep in mind, during COVID we need to be gentle with ourselves and perhaps allow for more screen time for our kids as that is often the way they are connecting with friends. This, more than ever, is a time where screens allow us to stay connected.
Handout

SCREENAGERS Next Chapter : Presented by St. Louis Park High School + CARE Counseling

A new film that further examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done to help them build crucial skills and provide hope to families.

Mother’s Day, When Grief Gets in the Way

Mother's Day is a celebration of mothers and motherhood. I recognize that Mother's Day can bring mixed emotions to both children and mothers impacted by social distancing and other challenging circumstances related to trauma, grief and loss.

Being a Mother with a Demanding Job

Being an attorney and a mother can be extremely difficult. Finding work-life balance may seem impossible and mother’s may begin to feel guilty for working as much as they do. Continue to read on some tips that can help next time the working mom guilt sets in.

Comforts of Home for College Students

While moving back home after college is quite common, estimated at 50% a majority of parents welcome their children back home and many parents and young adults have found living together at this time to be mutually beneficial in many ways.

The Graduating Class of 2020

Group traditions with high school graduation pose quite a dilemma in the time of social distancing. So how can students make meaning of all the uncertainty as they journey into a new chapter in their lives?
Self Care Wheel

Creating Social Connections through Quarantine

Our need for human connection is so powerful that it is essential to our physical and mental well-being.
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail
Vimeo Thumbnail