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Why Play Therapy? 

Counseling children requires therapists to step beyond traditional “talk” therapy into the world and language of children.  Therapists who have specific training in “play therapy” understand that children communicate best when they can express themselves in a way that is most natural for them – play.  Children can use toys for their words an in the metaphors of play, can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences when “words” are just not enough.  As children learn to expand their emotional vocabulary during the counseling relationship, play is a natural process that:

  • Builds trust and mastery
  • Fosters learning and acceptable behaviors
  • Regulates emotions
  • Reduces anxieties
  • Promotes creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Encourages open communication
  • Elevates spirit and self esteem

Several therapists at CVC have extensive training in how to use “play therapy” appropriately to work with children, teens and adults.  Jennifer R. Mertz-Turner is nationally certified as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor by the American Association for Play Therapy.  Other therapists at CVC who have play therapy specific training include: Bonnie Kiser, Mary Lisa Barta, Mary Reed, and Andrew Ott.  All of our therapists are committed to providing and integrating the best counseling practices to help children and families with behavioral, emotional and relational problems related to:

  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce and step-family issues
  • Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • Trauma and crisis
  • Anxiety and depression
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Autism spectrum and sensory deficit issues
  • Academic and social impairment
  • Disruptive behaviors and conduct problems
  • Substance abuse and impulse control problems
  • Positive Discipline and parent supports

 

For more information on our services or to schedule with CornerstoneVision Counseling please call (260)387-6340 or stop by our office!

 

For more information about Play Therapy, visit the Association For Play Therapy at www.a4pt.org