Play Therapy Licensed Play Therapist Charlotte NC Ballantyne Erica Fanelli One:12 Counseling

Children act and think differently than adults do, and as such, they need a therapy model beyond the traditional approach that will meet them where they are developmentally.  Play therapy does just that and uses a child’s natural environment to provide a fun, comfortable place for children to learn about and process their feelings and their world.

This model of therapy uses play, the natural language of children, to help them develop and improve their:

  • Expression of thoughts and feelings
  • Communication skills
  • Self-esteem & confidence
  • Emotion regulation & mood
  • Self-control
  • Social skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Stress management
  • Outlook on life

Who Benefits from Play Therapy

The children who benefit most from play therapy may be experiencing emotional or social difficulties, such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Divorce of parents
  • Changing schools
  • Blending of families
  • Relocating
  • Trauma or abuse
  • Bullying and/or difficulty making friends
  • Anger issues
  • Disrespecting adults
  • Trouble at school
  • ADHD
  • Developmental delays

Play therapy techniques can also be effectively used with teens, adults, and families, and the family is included as an integral part of the play therapy process.

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