Children don’t always have the words to express their feelings. They don’t have the language to tell us when something is wrong. Usually they let us know when something is wrong by having problems with behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning.
What is Play Therapy? Play therapy is a form of counseling that utilizes play to help children community their inner and outer world. Through play therapy, children learn to express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating and communicating with others. Play provides a safe way to work through problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.
Stacy utilizes a holistic non-pathologizing somatic approach to work with your child to:
- Work through painful experiences
- Deal with stressful or traumatic events
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Regulate his/her emotions
- Develop new coping skills
- Increase problem solving skills
- Build mastery and trust
Stacy uses multiple approaches to work with your child and your family; including: Non-Directive Play Therapy, Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing®, Somatic Practices, Somatic Experiential Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Treatment Specialization Includes:
- Trauma ~ Accidents and Falls
- Medical, Surgical, Dental or Procedural Trauma
- Anger Outbursts
- Learning Difficulties/School Difficulties
- Grief Processing
- Family difficulties
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Sexual and Physical Trauma
Counseling for kids (over 3 years old)
- Play Therapy
- Family Therapy
I provide a safe and encouraging environment in which children can express themselves through a self-guided and self-healing process and work through issues in a way that is helpful and natural to them.
I like to meet the parent(s)/guardians in the first session to understand your concerns and goals. In the second session, I will then meet with you and your child together to get a better understanding of you and your child’s needs. Typically sessions are scheduled 1 time a week and are tailored to your child and your child’s needs.
I believe that it is important for you to feel that working together with you and your child will be a good fit and meet your needs for counseling. I offer a free 30 minute no-obligation consultation/visit to discuss your needs and goals. To set up a free 30-40 minute No-Obligation Consultation/Visit call me at 952-215-5208.
Most children’s services are provided in the office, however, in-home services are available based on the needs and goals of your child.
Stacy’s Favorite Books for Parents
- Dr. Dan Siegel explains the child’s developing mind and gives strategies to better help nurture your child.
Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help you Raise Children by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell. The greatest gift that a parent can give their child is to work through their own past. In this book, Dr. Siegel guides parents to understand how they were parented and how they want to do things differently with their own children.
Taking Charge of ADHD by Russel Barkely, The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents. Dr. Barkley describes ADHD as a developmental disability not a pathological disorder. This is a must read for parents for children struggling with ADHD.
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman. Dr. Ratey, describes the mind-body connection and illustrating that exercise and movement helpful with depression, emotional regulation, stress, ADHD and so much more.