Child Play Therapy

Located in Vermont. Teletherapy Also Available.

Children communicate differently than adults. When a trained professional watches a kid play, they can learn a lot both to understand the child’s mental and emotional states as well as support healthy development. The most important first step to fix any family issue is to understand which part of the family system is in need of healing and support. Most family therapy fails because the root cause of the issue is not properly diagnosed or treated.

Watching a child play can tell you a lot about the trajectory of their development. There are certain themes that are common among kids of a particular age group, and children do not explicitly tell parents, “My development is on track!” Therefore, evaluating their progress through the lens of play is one of the best assessment options.

Children often show signs of anxiety through the characters they create and how they make them interact with each other. Using the metaphor of play, we can teach children how to handle anxiety and stress in healthier ways.

Similar to anxiety, depression and other sad feelings are readily observable through a child’s play and fantasy world. Processing difficult situations in their life through a character often feels safer than having to handle the large emotion themselves.

Children process loss differently than adults since their brain has not fully developed to understand the full impact or definition. Just like adults, children can go through stages of grief but at the same time not understand their experience. Giving them a safe space to process their emotions not only helps with the immediate grief but also aids them in developing a healthy process for future experiences in their lives.

Anna Helfand, LCMHC

Anna Helfand, LCMHC

Expert Play Therapist

Anna’s gentle yet firm approach to helping clients allows them to immediately feel safe and confident that they are in good hands. She has extensive training in child and family counseling, parent coaching, and conflict resolution.

Serving Vermont & Beyond

In-Person & Teletherapy Available

In order to provide support for as many families as possible, we offer virtual and in-person services. It is important to assess if your child is a candidate for teletherapy beforehand since kids and teens have different needs.

Consider Parental Support

In addition to getting support for your child, consider your own personal needs as a parent. Sometimes a holistic and systemic approach is the best way to create lasting change.

Parent Coaching

Life would be easier if children came with an instruction book. Unfortunately, every parent has to figure out their kid themselves. You don’t have to do it alone, however. We can help.

Couples Counseling

The state of the marriage often dictates the wellbeing of the family. Health is a top down phenomenon in most households, so working on the marriage often improves the rest of the home.

Individual Counseling

Sometimes one member of a family needs a little extra love and care. We can help you achieve your personal goals so that your family can feel at ease.

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If you are motivated and ready to make positive changes in your life, we are ready to help you. Contact us today to explore working together.