Child & Play therapy is one of the most helpful ways of working with children.
It provides a way for kids to begin to know & accept themselves & others, as well as express their experiences, thoughts & feelings through a natural & healing process.
After all... The most natural way for children to express themselves is through play!
Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. Oftentimes, we can identify possible roots of troubling, sad & anxious behavior through
- observing a child's play, &
- observing the child playing with sibling(s) & parent(s)
Once these roots are identified, we utilize both play & talk therapy to accept & validate the child, their thoughts, & their feelings. Then we can work with children & families to shape & change underlying thoughts, feelings, & behaviors.
More adaptive ways of coping can be introduced & taught... & the sad, anxious & otherwise disturbing ways can slowly be extinguished.
At Minisink Psychology & Psychotherapy, Laura Rico, LMHC, who works out of our Goshen office, directs our growing Child & Play Therapy Program.
Laura has been working with children and their families for the past 6 years, and specializes in working with children experiencing generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and behavior control issues.
We utilize the following techniques when working with children & families:
- creative art making -- (drawing, work with clay, coloring & painting)
- therapeutic games
- playhouses & dolls
- creative role play
- sandtray therapy
Through structured & semi-structured play experiences, we are frequently able to help kids & their families work through their anxiety, depression, socialization, adjustment, & self-esteem struggles.
In our Goshen office, the following therapists work with children as young as 3- & 4-years-old are
The therapists in our Ridgewood office who work with youngsters are:
We strongly believe in the importance of being able to communicate with adults, children, & adolescents in a unique, natural, real, & encouraging manner.
Utilizing a calm & caring demeanor, we easily communicate that we provide a safe, comfortable, & professional environment for children & their families to work through their challenges.
In working with children, we at Minisink Psychology & Psychotherapy utilize a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), cognitive therapy (CT), & play therapy techniques to assist people in developing a sense of acceptance & comfort with themselves & others.