Play Therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communication and learning processes of children. The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways. Therapists use play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal communication skills to express their thoughts and feelings. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skill deficits.
The positive relationship that develops between the therapist and child during play therapy sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing. Play therapy is also used to promote the child’s cognitive development and provide insight and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking.
Activity Therapy is a developmentally modified form of Play Therapy that is intended for older children, adolescents, and adults 18 years old and older.
OUR Play Therapy and Activity STAFF
Lea M. Roman, MS, LPC, RPT, AutPlay® Certified, EMDR Trained
Lea is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, AutPlay® Certified Therapist, and EMDR Trained Therapist. She completed her Master of Science in counseling at Southern Methodist University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Lea has experience helping children, adolescents, adults, and families with difficulties related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, learning differences, ADHD, and general life adjustments and changes. Lea believes in the power of family counseling and places special emphasis on collaboration with family members. She has taught summer school classes for children who struggle with learning differences.
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