Play Therapy

Therapeutic Playroom

Parsons Counseling has the only Therapeutic Playroom in private practice in Madison County.

We have a specially designed room for children 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.  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.