There will be two parts to the initial appointment, one in which the therapist will meet with the parents without the children present (and not in the lobby) to discuss concerns the parents have. The parent session will include background information, family functioning, and hopes/goals of treatment.
The second part of the initial session the play therapy specialist meets with the children in the play center. This session assesses the child’s functioning and begins the relationship between child and therapist. Every play session we ask the parents to stay in the building in case your child needs you.
The parents and therapist will create the goal and plan of treatment together. We do not have a pre-planned agenda. We listen to your needs and assess the needs of the individual child. Goal of treatment is collaborative and can be adjusted through the course of treatment as your needs change.
When you bring your child to a session, they will go back to the play center alone allowing them to feel comfortable to express whatever they need to. This can cause some anxiety for parents, and during the intake session the therapist will show you the play center and upon request, offer examples of how children work through their problems.
Treatment can include Family sessions in addition to Play Therapy. Family sessions work best if all of the family participates. This means everyone the child lives with at home (Father, Mother, siblings, live in Grandparents, etc). During Individual Play therapy education materials can be reviewed by parents
How often, how long, and how many sessions are needed depends on what the concerns are and the needs of the child. The amount of sessions needing to resolve concerns depends on many factors. An ongoing discussion between therapist and parents will help decide the amount of sessions that will be appropriate for the needs of the child. Play therapy typically occurs one-two times a week. Again this is based on the needs of the child and the family. The more consistent one is with appointments the more benefits that are gained and faster the problem is resolved.
Therapy is designed to end. It is the goal to assist the client in managing problems on their own. How fast/slow counseling progresses is determined by the work put in by the child and their family and the magnitude of the concern brought to counseling. It is important to have a last session to process closure and make relapse prevention plans with parents/family. However 123 4 Kids Play Therapy Centers will be here to help anytime.
We look forward to working with you!