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OUTPATIENT THERAPY AND ASSESSMENTS


OUTPATIENT THERAPY AND ASSESSMENTS

BHSforMe is now offering Outpatient Therapy and Assessments for children and adults. Outpatient services offers counseling to help with managing lifeís overwhelming issues or to deal with changes in the environment that are creating issues in the home. This service also offers assessments including Vinelandís as well as recommendations and referrals for other services. Our Clinicians use evidence -based practices and we will do our best to match a clinician's area of expertise to your needs.

Call us for an appointment to discuss your needs and how we may assist you.

PLAY THERAPY!

Play therapy helps children develop relationships and build skills for the future!

Throwing a ball. Jumping. Painting. Playing a game. Engaging in make-believe!

All of these things help build a relationship, require following directions, joint attention, reciprocal communication, and turn-taking. Many of these skills are targeted with children in therapy. And, play is a much more effective means of helping children learn and develop than talk therapy.

Talk therapy has its benefits. However, there are clients who lack insight, who could talk about many things for hours, days, or weeks, and still they would not make the connections needed to make progress. This is particularly true of some younger clients or those who are on the spectrum, who lack focus or attention, who do not have the capacity to make these important links, or who may lack the ability to problem solve. Though some therapists use the same methods for all clients, for clients to reach their goals, it is important to tailor the therapy to the client. This means, it is critical to find the best counseling method for each client, so that each is able to reach his or her goals and move forward.

Play therapy is an effective treatment modality because it uses childrenís natural symbolic play as treatment. It emphasizes genuine, deep empathy and unconditional positive regard from therapists to their clients, and that it is this therapeutic relationship between client and therapist that is the healing factor. Children are freed through the experience of these relationships which allows them to move toward growth (Ritzi, Ray & Schumann, 2016).

Sandplay is one method of play therapy that has uses with children, adolescents, and adults. It is used in schools, medical settings, and family therapy. It is used to treat PTSD symptoms, trauma, nightmares, advanced stage dementia, and also has been used as an addition to behavior therapy for children with autism. Sandplay therapy has also shown effectiveness in helping prisoners insight into their issues (Doyle & Magor-Blatch, 2017). Young children, in particular, benefit from the opportunity to play in a setting where there is unconditional positive regard from the adult, that is, empathy and acceptance toward the client. This unconditional positive regard involves genuineness, openness, and awareness (Jayne & Ray, 2015).

References

Doyle, K. & Magor-Blatch, L.E. (2017). Even adults need to play: Sandplay therapy with an adult survivor of childhood abuse. International Journal of Play Therapy, 26(1), 12- 22.

Jayne, K.M. & Ray, D.C. (2015). Therapist-provided conditions in child-centered play therapy. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 54, 86- 103.

Ritzi, R.M., Ray, D.C. & Schumann, B.R. (2017). Intensive short-term child-centered play therapy and externalizing behaviors in children. International Journal of Play Therapy, 26(1), 33- 46.