Play Therapy
Play And Expressive
Therapy Technique
Play & Expressive Therapy
We Are Very Interactive
Play Therapy

Play Therapy techniques utilized by many of our clients in sessions:

  • Art
  • Child-Centerd Play Room
  • Clay
  • Interactive hands-on activities
  • Puppet
  • Theraplay (improving Attachment)
  • Doll Family
  • Miniatures: Genograms and sandworlds
  • Sand Therapy
  • Challenge Interventions

Play Therapy is not just for children anymore. We will use interactive activities, art, sand therapy, clay, and other creative techniques to increase clients mental health.

Research suggests that Play Therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem.
Play is A natural Process

Builds Trust and Mastery

Fosters learning and acceptable behaviors

Regulates emotions & reduces anxieties      

Promotes creative thinking and problem solving

Encourages open communication

Elevates spirit and self-esteem

Miniatures
Miniatures Tell the client and the therapist a lot about family dynamics, relationship conflict, and who is close just by choosing a miniature for each family member and placing them on a table.
Story 1
The Client identifies herself as Kanga, baby brother as Roo, two sisters, and an aunt as three girls to the right of her, mother as the witch, and dad as the dragon. Notice the spacing of the parents. The client is probably the caretaker of the brother and the buffer between the parents and the three girl miniatures.
Story 2
The Client identifies herself as Kanga, baby brother as Roo, two sisters, and an aunt as three girls to the right of her, mother as the witch, and dad as the dragon. Notice the spacing of the parents. The client is probably the caretaker of the brother and the buffer between the parents and the three girl miniatures.
There are examples of how telling choosing a miniature and placement
of it can be to client and the therapist.
Puppets
Puppets are used in individual, family, and group sessions to engage client to create a story. Puppets are used to allow children to explore their issue and come up with their own solution. Children will project their feeling and thoughts into their stores. Children are able to feel Sade while expressing themselves. Parsons Counseling has several kinds of puppets from people to animals representing aggressive and calm characteristics. Children use the puppets of their choosing, come up with their story, and relate their story back to their current issue that they are struggling with, in most cases.
Expressive Therapy
Expressive Therapy techniques are utilized in many sessions:
Zendoodle
Collages
Creating a
safe place
Art
Family Aquarium
doll family
Painting
Clay
Puppet Stories
Sandtray
in the playroom
Miniatures
Therapeutic Playroom
Sandtray
telling your story
Parsons Counseling has the only Therapeutic Playroom in private practice in Madison Country.
We have a specially designed room for 2-11 years old.
A therapeutic playroom helps children work through emotional, social, developmental, and behavioral difficulties along with helping to address family problems. A therapeutic playroom is a deeply respectful and effective form of counseling and psychotherapy for children from 2-11 years old. It is a humanistic Play Therapy modality that provides wonderful opportunities for early intervention with children. The therapeutic playroom fosters the child’s innate potential and encourages the unique development and emotional growth of the child. In this non-directive Play Therapy approach, the Play Therapist enters the world of the child, following the child’s lead, developing a safe place and a relationship of trust. Children often have difficulty trying to say in words what they feel and how experiences have affected them. Play is the natural language of children and the toys can be their words. Through the toys, art materials and other things in the playroom, children can express their thoughts and feelings, explore relationships and share their experiences.
Child-Centered Play Therapy

Research has validated that Child-Centered Play Therapy is a powerful method for decreasing a wide range of child problems, for overcoming traumatic experiences, and for building self-esteem. It offers a non-judgmental, emotionally supportive therapeutic environment. The Counselor will set clear boundaries, create an atmosphere of safety, offer opportunities for child empowerment, and promote the learning of emotional and behavioral self-regulation

Interactive Interventions

Hands-on and challenging interventions to assist with clients learning to incorporate coping skills into their session
so that they can use the coping skills into their daily lives at home, school, work, and when interacting with others.

Cotton Blow
Red Light Green Light
Theraplay
Balance Beam
Challenge
Autplay
Using Coping skills
through Mastery of games
Yoga Pretzel
Mastery through being challenged, following structure, body control, and repetitive exposure to achieve success.