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Play Therapy


Children are amazingly complex, and they frequently have feelings, both good and bad, that they are unable to address verbally. It is critical to choose a therapist who is skilled in interacting with children at the child's level. Children are not miniature adults, and counselors must adjust any counseling intervention to the child's current level of development. When counseling a child, it is imperative that the therapist approach each child holistically by assessing the child's thoughts, observable behavior, family systems and social/peer systems. 


Our play therapists work with children from a "child-centered" perspective which requires that they address the developmental needs of each child with whom they have the privilege of working. This "child-centered" focus also takes into consideration the way play behavior changes over the course of a child's development and the way play behaviors change when a child is struggling with difficult issues.


Child-Centered Play Therapy has the following objectives:


To help the child:

  • Develop a more positive self-concept

  • Assume greater responsibility

  • Become more self-directing

  • Become more self-accepting

  • Become more self-reliant

  • Engage in self-determined decision-making

  • Experience a feeling of control

  • Become sensitive to the process of coping

  • Develop an internal source of evaluation

  • Become more trusting of themselves



In play therapy, children learn:

  • Self-control

  • Self-direction

  • Self-acceptance

  • Responsible freedom of expression

  • Responsible control of feelings

  • Responsibility for self

  • Respect for self

  • Creative, resourceful problem-solving

  • Acceptance of their feelings


There are many reasons that cause parents to look for counseling help for their children, including family changes, such as moving or divorce, academic struggles, difficulty with siblings and/or peers, nightmares, and behavioral issues, to name a few. If you are considering counseling for your child, please call South Austin Counseling Services, LLC, to schedule a time to discuss your concerns and the role professional counseling may have in your child's life.



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