Child Play Therapy

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."

-- Nelson Mandela

 

Children exposed to violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, physical abuse, neglect, placement in foster care, etc. bullying will often develop an unexplainable sense of fear and anxiety. Their behavioral responses may include withdrawal, acting out, and anxiousness to always please. Often times, if this behavior is not addressed, it could lead to repeat abuse as they get older.

Community Intervention & Educational Services Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy (TFIPT) for children age 3 to 12 years of age. This program utilizes a combination of directive and non-directive approaches in order to advance structured, goal-oriented therapy for abused children and their families. TFIPT attends to the developmental needs of young children, incorporates the scientific and practice literature, as well as evidence-based practices currently available, and promotes resolution of traumatic events by direct or indirect processing of traumatic incidents.

This model includes a focused interest in facilitating, encouraging, and allowing non-directive play therapy which often leads to children’s discovery and utilization of post-traumatic play, a unique form of play which is a spontaneous occurrence with young children who experience psychic trauma. Post-traumatic play appears to be a child’s natural way to introduce gradual exposure, narrative formation, and trauma processing. Incorporating the curative factors of expressive therapy techniques (e.g., play, art, and sand therapy techniques) as valuable therapy components in and of themselves, rather than as a way to primarily engage or teach children or advance other goals, is also a distinctive feature of this approach.

This service is provided by a licensed therapist who is certified in "Child Trauma Therapy".

 

Fees, Times, Place

Please call for more information. The first meeting will be an assessment with parent(s) to determine some of the issues.

We do take Blue Cross Blue Sheild, Medicaid, Tri-Care and also have a sliding fee scale for those that do not have insurance.

Referrals can come from any source. For safety and confidentiality reasons, the location will be disclosed at time of scheduled appointment.