What is Play Therapy?

As a mom of four, it is near and dear to my heart that we offer counselling for kids and families in Kelowna, BC. Barb, Laura Belland & Samantha Cooper have completed certificates in Play Therapy from the Institute of Child Psychology. Laura and Samantha are therapists that offer play therapy and work with kids who are accepting new clients, and you can check them out and connect with them below 🙂

What is Play Therapy? How Does Play Therapy Help Kids? What is Play Therapy Used for?

These are common questions surrounding kid’s mental health and play therapy! We want to support you and support the kids you love.

According to the Institute of Child Psychology,

Play is to the child what talk is to the adult. Play therapy is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment. Children express themselves and their needs, relive their past, and connect with others through play. The use of toys enables children to transfer anxieties, fears, fantasies, and guilt to objects rather than people. In the process, children are safe from their own feelings and reactions because play enables children to distance themselves from stressful events and experiences.

Therapeutic play is an evidence-based approach to help children with social or emotional deficits learn to communicate better, express underlying feelings they may be struggling with, change their behaviour, develop problem-solving skills, and relate to others in positive ways.

It is appropriate for children undergoing or witnessing stressful events in their lives, those struggling with academic and social problems, learning disabilities, behavioural disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or anger; as well as those with attention deficit disorders, or who are on the autism spectrum.

Play therapy is designed to increase connection, while facilitating emotionally therapeutic outcomes in children (i.e., reduced stress; processing of stressful experiences; increased confidence, empathy, pro-social behaviour, self-esteem, and attention span).”

Meet our Therapists at Alive Counselling who offer Play Therapy and love working with kids in Kelowna:

Laura Belland, Registered Clinical Counsellor in Kelowna, BC

Laura is a former elementary teacher, autism and ADHD support teacher, and mama.

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Samantha Cooper, Registered Clinical Counsellor in Kelowna, BC

Samantha is a former youth leader, beloved auntie, and loves working with kiddos and teens. In addition to Play Therapy, she also has completed training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and offers this for in person counselling in Kelowna, BC.

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It is our honour to support you and the kids you love!

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