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Treatment Methods

Treatment methods are chosen based on individual needs, age of child(ren), and are assessed throughout therapy. Together we will discuss the type, length and intensity of treatment based on the child or teen's needs. Often times several methods are utilized throughout therapy. Here is a list of the treatment methods we utilize. Please click on the link for more information.
  • Traditional talk therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Theraplay®
  • Sandtray
  • Expressive arts
  • Filial therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Trauma focused-Cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Play Therapy
"Toys are the child's words and play is the child's language" 
Initially developed in the turn of the 20th century, today play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. 

For Parents: About Play Therapy
This video was produced by The University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy for viewing by parents who may be interested in seeking play therapy services for their child.  We encourage parents to watch this short video prior to taking their child to play therapy. 


For children: About Play therapy
This video was made by the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy for kids to watch prior to entering their first play therapy session. 

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.
In treatment, the Theraplay therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.
We call this “building relationships from the inside out.”