- Healing Play child therapy
of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Hayley Osborne, Play
- would like to welcome you
to the Healing Play website.
What is play therapy and how is it healing?
According to the
Association for Play
(APT), "Play therapy
is a form of counseling (or psychotherapy) by which licensed mental
health professionals use play-based models and techniques to better
communicate with and help clients, especially children, achieve
optimal mental health."
It is a way for children to "work through" their problems through
the play itself or it can be a catalyst for dialogue between
child/therapist, and Healing Play child therapy.
There are MANY types of play therapy and counseling and Healing Play of
Murfreesboro, TN. is eclectic in
its approach. However, I prefer to be nondirective (letting the
child take the lead) unless the child is not progressing and we need
to target a specific behavioral problem that is not responding to
treatment. I give homework assignments on occasion (especially to
teenagers) and require parent participation. I also believe in
setting treatment goals during intake. I also do a specific type of
play therapy called Theraplay® that addresses attachment issues that
result from prior child abuse/neglect. For more information about
Children (especially young ones) are not always equipped with the
language skills/emotional intelligence to verbally express what they
are feeling. It is a revelation to many children to be in a
playroom, which is their natural environment instead of sitting on a
couch, answering adult questions. I tell children, “Instead of
talking about your problems we can play about it.” There is also
research from the
Association for Play Therapy that supports that play therapy
is a memorable experience in which true HEALING can take place.
"Experience the healing power of play."