Experiential Play therapy: This is a model of play therapy that I have received training in. This is a child centered approach which values the importance of children using play to process past events, thoughts and feelings. Play is truly how children work. In this model I am non-directive and allow the child to choose toys and art to show me what is happening in their world, allowing them to process in a safe way. Please see the following website for more information about this model of play therapy: http://experientialplaytherapy.com.
Sand Tray: I was first introduced to sand tray as a technique while interning for an organization working with children who have lost a loved one to death. From this experience, and receiving additional training in sand tray I have come to love using this technique. With this technique the individual is invited to make a “world” in the sand tray to represent different things happening in their life. Sometimes I will be directive asking for the individual to create a specific kind of world, and other times I take a non-directive stance and allow the individual to create with miniatures and sand toys whatever they would like to.
Theraplay: This is an attachment focused play therapy model. I have completed the Level 1 training in this model which includes the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) assessment, as well as the foundations for using this method with children and families. The MIM is a parent- child attachment assessment, which is videotaped and reviewed with the family to help identify goals and objectives in treatment. This form of play therapy is directive in nature, however the chosen activities are tailored for each child and family to address strengthening different attachment components (ie: nurture, structure, engagement, challenge). For more information about the Theraplay model please visit the website theraplay.org.