Play Therapy

(For children ages 0-12)

Play therapy and child-focused counseling are fantastic tools for helping young ones deal with lots of different things that might be bothering them.

Whether it’s feeling anxious or sad, struggling with how they behave, finding it hard to make friends, or dealing with any other worries, these approaches are like special ways to help kids feel better and understand their feelings.

They’re like a roadmap to navigate through tough times and come out feeling stronger and happier..

Image of a child in play therapy at Stone Oak Counselors working with puppets and a play therapist to process her big emotions.

You are worried about your child & unsure how to help

Watching your child go through a tough time can be really hard for any parent. You never imagined they’d have to deal with things like feeling really sad, lonely, or having a hard time behaving, especially after something like a divorce, which can be tough for them.

Trying to help them through all these big emotions while also being the best parent you can be is exhausting and overwhelming. At Stone Oak Counselors, we get how tough this can be, and we’re here to lend a hand and support both you and your child through these challenging times.

Play Therapy can help

Children, much like adults, experience challenging emotions and can gain from counseling similarly. When guided by a therapist specializing in child counseling, your child can acquire new coping skills and tackle challenges, akin to adults. Play therapy stands as a valuable method for imparting these skills!

Play Therapy Meets the Unique Needs of Young Children

Play therapy is like speaking a child’s language to help them express their feelings and thoughts. Just like grown-ups talk to share how they feel, kids often find it hard to put their emotions into words because they’re still learning how to do that. That’s where play comes in! It’s like their way of talking, using toys and games instead of words.

A play therapist is like a super trained friend who helps them feel comfortable and guides them through playing in a way that helps them feel better and behave in happier ways. It’s like helping them find their own way to feel good and understand their feelings without having to use big words.

A play therapist works with a child on their level during Play Therapy in San Antonio, TX.

Specially Trained Play Therapists

Our therapists specialize in play therapy, and a significant number of them hold or are pursuing the Registered Play Therapist™ Credential. To explore further insights into the advantages of play therapy, the training process, certification criteria, and the reasons for selecting play therapy, you can refer to the Association For Play Therapy Katy.

Common signs your child may need therapy:

  • You’re receiving notifications from school or daycare regarding behavioral concerns.
  • There’s been a backslide in achieving developmental milestones, including potty training.
  • Your child has encountered bullying.
  • Frequent and intense nightmares or challenges with sleeping independently are occurring.
  • Difficulty separating from you or refusal to attend school is evident.
  • Your child is experiencing frequent panic attacks or emotional meltdowns.
  • A sudden decline in school performance or notable academic struggles has emerged.
  • Your child encounters challenges in establishing or maintaining friendships.
  • Coping with the recent loss of a loved one or pet continues to be distressing.
  • Your child has undergone a traumatic experience.
  • A recent divorce or alteration in custody arrangements has affected your child.
  • Your child has displayed self-harming behavior, expressed thoughts of suicide, or exhibited cruelty to animals.

This list is not meant to be an exhaustive list of reasons parents seek child counseling. If you have questions, please contact us to learn if play therapy is right for your child.

A sand tray used during Play Therapy in San Antonio, TX can help children process their emotions effectively.

Do you have Questions about what to Expect When your Child starts counseling?

Here are some frequently asked questions parents often have:

What happens at the first counseling session?

We understand that beginning counseling for your child can feel daunting, and our aim is to ensure a comfortable experience throughout. Your initial session will typically involve the parents. This may encompass one or both parents or other caregivers/guardians of the child.

Getting to Know Your Family

Your therapist will invest time in understanding your family dynamics, your child, and the obstacles prompting therapy. During this session, you’ll gain insights into play therapy, what lies ahead, your participation in your child’s therapy, and the opportunity to address any vital queries you may have.

Recognizing the significance of your child, we aim to allocate ample time to discuss your worries thoroughly, ensuring we deliver the necessary support your child requires.

How will I be involved in my child’s therapy?

At Stone Oak Counselors, we value the central role parents play in a child’s life. Although your child might have sessions alone or partly alone with their counselor, your child’s therapist will ensure you’re well-informed about the treatment plan. Regular collaboration will involve sharing information and equipping you, as a parent, with essential skills. Your feedback is vital in aiding your child’s faster recovery!

We Believe in a Collaborative Approach

We advocate for a collaborative stance involving parents. Depending on your child’s specific needs, you might participate in some or all of the play therapy sessions. We’ve observed that when parents actively engage in their child’s therapy, it leads to enhanced emotional management, stronger connections, and faster improvement in behavioral control for children.

What Can Play Therapy & Child Counseling Help with?

Therapy for children is effective in addressing numerous concerns, spanning from adapting to changes to managing significant mood and behavioral challenges. Here are a few areas effectively addressed through play therapy and counseling:

A play therapist in San Antonio, TX works with a young child during Play Therapy.

Begin Play Therapy In San antonio, TX Today And Help Your Child Thrive

Even though kids are small, their emotions are big and powerful. If you think your child might be struggling with handling their feelings, it’s a great idea to talk to a certified mental health expert who knows a lot about helping kids, like a play therapist.

They can really understand what your child is going through and help them in ways that fit how kids think and feel. Play therapy is like giving them superpowers to deal with tough stuff and become happier and stronger again! It’s like giving them tools to face their fears and be their best selves once more.

Want more information about Play Therapy and how it can help your Child? Visit the  Parents Corner at The Association for Play Therapy (a4pt.org). Or follow the steps below to connect with us at Stone Oak Counselors:

Other Mental Health Services Offered At Stone Oak Counselors

In addition to offering Play Therapy, we also offer a wide range of services for adults, teens, and children. These services include Teen CounselingAdult CounselingCouples CounselingTrauma Counseling, & Women’s Issues. Our goal is to meet you where you are and help guide you through the issues you are facing in a positive and supportive way.

Learn more about play therapy

If you want to know “what do I tell my children about play therapy?” this video can help: