Play Therapy For Children

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Play Therapy Services with Taylor Counseling Group

Children learn, communicate and interact with their world through play. As therapists, entering into a child’s play world can help us understand the challenges or difficulties they may be going through.

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Play therapy utilizes a child’s natural inclination toward play to help them express their experiences or feelings. This evidence-based therapy is a natural, self-guided process that can help children heal from trauma, divorce or separation, the loss of a loved one and other experiences that present psychological or psychosocial challenges.

At Taylor Counseling Group, we are proud to offer play therapy services to families struggling to understand their child’s behavioral, emotional, social or learning difficulties.

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Play Therapy for Children Aged 5 to 12

Play Therapy can be implemented as a treatment plan typically for clients 5 – 12 years of age. Play Therapy (including, but not limited to play, sand tray and expressive arts therapy) treatment plans can be utilized as the primary intervention or as an adjunctive therapy for multiple social, emotional and behavioral concerns.

Play Therapy can be effective with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral and learning issues, including children whose problems are related to life stressors such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness and generally stressful experiences from home, school or social situations.

Counseling sessions involving play help children:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful coping strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and, thus, a stronger assuredness about their abilities.

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Hailey-Lou Vaske, Practicum Student

The Woodlands

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Anita Cepeda, MA, LPC


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Hilary Gunby

Hilary Gunby, MA, LPC

Fort Worth

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Michelle Rodgers, MS, LPC

Michelle Rodgers, MS, LPC


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Jamie Schuerg, MSW, LMSW


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Nisa Vela, M.A., LPC

San Antonio: Alamo Heights

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Karen Yanez, M.Ed., LPC

San Antonio: Alamo Heights

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Leah Evans, M.S., LPC, RPT

San Antonio: Alamo Heights

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Sarah Police, M.A., LPC, LCDC

The Woodlands

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Rachel Saenz LPC in San Antonio

Rachel Saenz, M.A., LPC

San Antonio

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Courtnee Schraer counselor in San Antonio

Cortnee Schraer, M.S. LPC

San Antonio

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Brea Johnson Counselor in Houston

Brea Johnson, M.A. LPC

Houston Memorial Park

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Stephanie Jutras, MSW, LCSW


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Lori Shaw, MS, LPC-S


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The Benefits of Play Therapy For Children

During play therapy sessions, a bond of trust is developed between children and their play therapist. The playroom becomes a place of safety where even the most troubling problems can be confronted. Some of the incredible benefits our young patients have found through play therapy include:

  • Sessions are a safe place where children can express difficult thoughts and feelings
  • Ideal for children who find talking difficult
  • Facilitates problem-solving and coping skills
  • Promotes self-esteem, confidence, focus, emotional healing and growth
  • Helps children make decisions and accept responsibility for the outcome
  • Children can explore and practice social skills
  • Encourages a child’s ability to make friends
  • Helps children understand the world they live in
  • Allows discovery of inner resources for healing
  • Fosters imagination and creativity
  • Lasting resolutions can be discovered and adapted into lifelong coping strategies

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