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Children's Play Therapy

Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Solasta Counselling and Psychological Services, Calgary

Child and Play Therapy, including Sand Tray Therapy, is a dynamic and effective approach to helping children navigate complex emotional challenges. This therapeutic method recognizes that children often struggle to express their feelings and experiences through traditional talk therapy. Instead, it provides them with a safe and non-verbal outlet for self-expression.

In Child and Play Therapy, trained psychologists engage children in play-based activities, art, and storytelling, allowing them to communicate their thoughts, emotions, and concerns. Sand Tray Therapy, a specialized component, involves using a tray of sand and miniature figures to create symbolic representations of their inner world.

These therapies foster emotional growth, resilience, and self-awareness, helping children develop coping strategies and build healthier relationships. It's a powerful tool for promoting healing and personal development in young individuals.

We have psychologists specially trained in Theraplay ®, EMDR for children, adolescents, and adults.

Services for all ages provided by Gillian, Misha, Caitlin, and Scott

Services for ages 12 and up provided by Sydney and Marissa

How to Talk to Your Child or Teen About Going to Therapy

Initiating a conversation with your child or adolescent about starting therapy can feel daunting. However, open and supportive communication is essential in helping them understand the benefits of therapy and feel comfortable seeking help. Here's a guide on how to approach this important conversation with your child or adolescent.

  • Choose the Right Time and Setting: Select a time and place where you and your child can have a private and uninterrupted conversation. Ensure that both of you are feeling calm and relaxed before broaching the topic.

  • Normalize Therapy: Normalize the idea of therapy by explaining that it's a common and helpful resource for many people. Emphasize that therapy is a safe space for expressing emotions, learning coping skills, and finding support.

  • Highlight the Benefits: Discuss the potential benefits of therapy, such as feeling happier, less stressed, or more confident. Share examples of how therapy has helped other people overcome similar challenges and achieve their goals.

  • Validate Their Feelings: Validate your child's feelings and concerns about starting therapy. Acknowledge any fears or uncertainties they may have and reassure them that it's okay to feel nervous or unsure about trying something new.

  • Be Honest and Transparent: Be honest and transparent about why you believe therapy could be beneficial for them. Share your observations of their struggles or changes in behavior and explain how therapy can provide them with the support and tools they need to feel better.

  • Involve Them in the Decision-Making Process: Involve your child or adolescent in the decision-making process by asking for their input and preferences. Offer them choices, such as selecting a therapist or deciding on the frequency of sessions, to help them feel more in control of the process.

  • Address Any Concerns or Questions: Encourage your child to ask questions and express any concerns they may have about therapy. Listen attentively to their concerns and provide honest and reassuring answers to alleviate any fears or misconceptions.

Remember, every child is unique, so tailor your approach to their individual personality, age, and developmental stage. By approaching the conversation with empathy, understanding, and support, you can help your child or adolescent feel empowered to seek the help they need and embark on a journey of growth and healing through therapy.

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