Children learn and experience the world through play. Play therapy allows children to express emotion and work through anxiety in a safe, nurturing and accepting environment. Therapy can be done with therapist and the child alone or with the therapist, parent and child, called Filial therapy. With Filial therapy, parents learn to recognize the meaning in their child’s play and respond appropriately to the child. A combination of child centered therapy and filial therapy is often the most beneficial when addressing common childhood problems.
Child/parent therapy can assist a family with the following problems:
- Behavior problems with peers or adult authority
- Challenges related to attention or academic performance in school
- Working through trauma or loss of a loved one
- Dealing with divorce
How to get started with therapy for your child.