Play Therapy

Looking for Therapy for Children? We Can Help.

Are you wondering if there’s any help out there for your child and their unique needs? At Cherry Hill’s newest location, Deer Park, we offer child services and provide play therapy amongst other kinds of therapies to help your child express their emotions and experiences, that will result in growth and recovery within your child.

When searching for counseling for children, it is important to find resources and therapists who work specifically with children. Therapy with an adult is very different than with a child. That is why we offer play therapy and other child-friendly counseling techniques that can help your child and family. We also have therapists who are trained in working with Theraplay. For more information about Theraplay, please check out this informative website: www.theraplay.org.

What is Play Therapy?

Association of Play Therapy (www.a4pt.org) defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.”

In simpler terms, play therapy is designed to help a child vocalize and communicate their emotions, feelings, and experiences in a language they understand: through play. Play is the universal language of children all over the world. Play therapy is the most beneficial for children ages three to twelve, while also keeping in mind an individual’s developmental level. Play and creative imagination is how children communicate things and view and experience the world. It is exceptionally important to provide therapeutic services in which therapists speak the language of the child.

There are many different emerging modalities of play therapy being used by therapists. A commonality among these is the fostering and importance of a trusting relationship between child and therapist. It is important for the child to feel comfortable in the space rather than having them sit on a couch in front of a therapist to engage in a conversation they do not understand. Children do not make the conscious decision to attend therapy, therefore, it is imperative that they are given adequate time to become familiar with the counseling environment. To assure this, therapists provide a nurturing environment that will allow a trusting relationship to grow between the child and a therapist.

Is play therapy right for my child?

Play Therapy can be used for all different types of issues a child is having or situations which are affecting a child. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
Behavioral problems, grief, divorce, bullying, crisis, abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning and physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, social disabilities, conduct disorders, and more.

Would It Work for My Child?

Research supports that play therapy can be successful for all children, regardless of race, age, and issues the child is bringing in. It also suggests that parents should be involved in the treatment process with their child.

What You Can Expect at Cherry Hill:

Here at Cherry Hill, we are dedicated to providing a safe space for all our clients, to give them the opportunity for growth, recovery, and guidance wherever needed. We take pride in being able to provide a broad spectrum of therapy experiences, including trained therapists who provide play therapy to children with specific and unique needs. The foundation of all therapy, especially play therapy, is the basis of a strong and trusting relationship between therapist and client.

At Cherry Hill, we will provide your child with the space and materials needed for them to grow and recover in their unique ways, while also keeping you, as a parent, a part of the therapeutic process by providing resources and training to help further the success of your child.

If you are interested in learning more about play therapy or to be sure play therapy is right for your child, please contact our therapists experienced in providing play therapy, Maria Catanzaro, Maria Statkus, or Liz Lattof and we would be happy to provide more resources or to schedule an appointment for you and your child.