Why Play Therapy?
For children play therapy is a way for them to express how they experience the world and learn new ways to respond to challenges they face in every day situations. The use of play and toys in the play room provides the child a way to communicate these challenges that is developmentally in sync with the development of the child’s brain.
What types of concerns can play therapy be helpful for?
- Challenging behaviors at home or school (inattention, difficulty following directions, difficulty following a routine, talking back, tantrums, difficulty developing friendships or social skills)
- Difficulty with expressing or regulating emotions
- Neurodivergent challenges (ADHD, twice exceptional, autism spectrum, sensory processing/integration)
- Life Transitions (Divorce, separation, death of a loved one, birth of a sibling, transition to new school)
How are sessions set up?
The child and therapist spend the first 40-45 minutes together in the play room.
The parent is then given 10 minutes of feedback at the end of the session. We will review progress towards goals and suggest strategies for you to implement at home to support the work the child is doing during their session.
Are parents in the play session?
Only if the child invites the parent into the session. Typically children need a place to do their own work at their own pace without the presence of their parent. Sometimes children invite their parents in to see a part of the work that they are doing. Other times the child may need the parent to become a partner in the therapy process. If parents are going to be in the sessions regularly then the therapist and parent will do some coaching sessions around how to engage in the therapy process.
What about Parent Coaching?
Sometimes it is helpful for parents to have a longer amount of time to discuss how things are going at home and receive some coaching around supporting the child’s work that they are doing in play therapy at home. We can schedule parent coaching sessions as part of the treatment plan.
Frequency and Duration of Play Therapy?
At intake and establishment of treatment goals we will discuss frequency and duration of treatment. Typically we start with weekly sessions and decrease as we get closer to the termination of therapy. How long your child will be in therapy varies and it is dependent upon your goals and the child’s developmental history.
Payment is due in full at the time of the appointment. We accept cash, check, debit and credit cards.
Each of our therapists have a limited number of reduced fee sessions available. If you need to discuss a reduced fee please inquire when setting up your initial intake appointment.
Insurance /Out of Network Reimbursement/ Victims Compensation
We do not accept any form of insurance, Medicaid, or CHP+.
Clients wishing to utilize out of network benefits are encouraged to contact their insurance company directly to inquire about their eligibility for out of network benefits. Please notify your provider at initial intake if you are planning to submit a claim for out of network reimbursement so that they can provide you with a detailed invoice that includes all the billing and diagnostic codes needed to submit to your insurance company.
Our therapists are approved providers for the metro area victim compensation boards and accept payment from any victim compensation board as payment in full.
Do you bill Insurance for services?
We are out of network providers and do not bill insurance companies directly. If you are eligible for out of network benefits we will provide you with a detailed invoice that includes all the billing and diagnostic codes needed to submit to your insurance company.
How do you work with families that are separated or divorced?
When both parents have legal custody/shared decision making rights then both parents must provide consent for treatment and agree to the treatment plan. We require that you provide a current copy of your parenting agreement for our records. If a parent chooses to revoke their consent for services this must be provided in writing.
At the time of your initial intake, we start by establishing clear boundaries and expectations for the level of engagement each parent will have in the therapy process. This includes scheduling, receiving parent feedback, and payment for services.
Because children are still developing, there are many factors that can influence their social emotional health and mental well being. We evaluate for developmental factors (such as speech/language, cognitive, motor, and sensory development) and may make recommendations and referrals to outside providers such as child find, occupational therapy or medical providers as needed.
We frequently coordinate with preschools, day care, educators, and other care givers to maximize the benefit of play therapy.