Play therapy is the most appropriate treatment for helping children work through difficult times and helping parents gain a better understanding of what their child is going through. Children benefit most from play therapy versus traditional “talk therapy” as they can more effectively process through difficult situations and difficult emotions through play. What counseling and psychotherapy aim to do for adults, play therapy aims to do for children. 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.
1. TO PLAY THERAPY:
A child's desires are closely related to his/her feelings. Therefore in the Playroom I accept, validate and celebrate all of the child's expressed desires, and he or she learns, "My needs, wants and feelings are legitimate and deserve to be heard, honored and respected." This leads the child to have more confidence in expressing his desires and feelings by speaking up and making himself be heard. One of the pillars of emotional health is a conscious awareness of one's feelings and desires. Such a habit leads a person to pursue his bliss and to lead a life of success and happiness. Play Therapy gives a child just that.
In addition I directly reflect back to the child all the feelings he expresses in the Playroom, "Oh, that makes you happy!" "Ooh, you're feeling frustrated!" "Now you're angry!" In this way he or she develops the skill of verbalizing how he feels, which allows him to process, manipulate and resolve those feelings.
All this over time makes the child feel so good about himself that behavior improves, emotional health issues such as ADHD, anxiety or depression are resolved, and the relationship with the parents becomes much more pleasant!
At YANA Play, Narumi Amador specializes in play therapy and child-related therapy and she is specifically trained in play techniques to assist your child meet their goals. Narumi is working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor to train other therapists in play therapy. Narumi wrote two children's books "You are so Precious, Rosemarie" and " I love you from A to Z, Rosemarie". To learn more about Narumi's books please visit:
2. TO PARENTING:
Together with Play Therapy, I do Parenting Counseling. I use different approaches depending on the family´s needs. I have been trained in LEVEL 1 Theraplay and I am a certified Triple P provider.
We as parents are absolutely the most important element in our children’s lives. It is amazing how just by “Tuning up” our parenting a bit, we can effect a great improvement in our child’s behavior and emotional health. For example, I ask parents to recount to me everything that happened in the child’s day leading up to the tantrum, emotional crises or misbehavior, and then we go through it step-by-step and re-plan how we would have interacted with the child differently in such a way that would have prevented the entire problem from arising in the first place!
When working with parents, I don't make them feel criticized about their Parenting style, and I don't tell them what to do. I have the deepest respect and admiration for the heroic efforts of raising their children most of my parents are making. I believe that they possess within themselves the innate wisdom to resolve their child's issues, I just help them to develop that wisdom and bring it out into practice. To accomplish this I use Socratic questioning, gradually helping parents to come to their own original realizations about what they need to do to help their child. My experience working with many children and families inspires me as to how to guide parents.
Who Does Play Therapy?
The practice of play therapy requires extensive specialized education, training, and experience. A play therapist is a licensed (or certified) mental health professional who has earned a Master’s or Doctorate degree in a mental health field with considerable general clinical experience and supervision. With advanced, specialized training, experience, and supervision, mental health professionals may also earn the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials.
Parenting Coaching/Parent Support
Sometimes (many times!) being a parent or caregiver is hard work. This service offers support to parents raising their own biological children or adopted/fostered children or for caregivers raising a grandchild, foster child or young person in the care of Community Services. Parent Support Sessions give a space to explore options and various parenting decisions and approaches in a way that supports the child or adolescent’s social, emotional and physical well-being. This intervention can vary in duration and frequency depending on your particular needs and may be accessed separately or to complement other counseling services.