What is Therapy?
Therapy, or psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a therapist for the purpose of resolving problematic behaviors, beliefs, and feelings. Therapy can address and resolve a large number of specific concerns, issues, and symptoms.
Person Centered Therapy, developed by Carl Rogers, is a humanistic approach. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable, non-judgmental, and empathetic.
Cognitive Behavorial Therapy helps clients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behavior. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety. People can learn how to identify and change destructive thought patterns that negatively affect their behavior.
Family Systems Therapy views the family as an emotional unit acknowledging generational influences on family and individual behavior. Each member is part of a system and is affected by those in the family.
Existential Therapy focuses on the human condition as a whole. Each person has strengths and limitations. I focus on the person. You are not responsible for your childhood, your parents are, but you are responsible for the adult you become. You are on a journey, becoming who you will one day be.
Play Therapy
I am a Registered Play Therapist. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings fails (Gil, 1991). Toys work like the child's words and play is the child's language (Landreth, 2002). A child's play will reveal what the child has experienced, his/her feelings/reactions to experiences, what the child needs in his/her life, and his/her perceptions of self.
Who Benefits from Play Therapy?
Play Therapy is the primary interventionfor many mental health conditions and concerns, such as anger management, grief, loss, divorce, and trauma.  Play Therapy is also used for modification of behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, mild autism or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.
Play Therapy helps children:
* Become responsible for behaviors
* Develop creative solutions
* Develop respect for others and self acceptance
* Learn to experience and express emotion
* Cultivate empathy for thoughts and feelings of
* Learn new social skills and relational skills    
   with family
* Develop self-efficacy and better assuredness
   about abilities
The above information describing play therapy came from the play therapy phamplet distributed by the Association for Play Therapy. For more information please visitwww.a4pt.org 
To watch a video presentation to see how play therapy works, go to the website and click  "About Play Therapy".

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