Counselling Vancouver - Play Therapy Counsellors, Psychologists, Therapists in Vancouver, Kitsilano

Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy

Play therapy uses the client's internal self-healing mechanisms to access unconscious and conscious experiences. The therapist forms a relationship with the client and encourages him or her to explore life events that affect his or her current life experience.

During play therapy, the therapist works at the client's pace. Talking is secondary to play in this form of therapy, and as such the client is encouraged to play while the therapist observes.

Play Therapy is suitable for adults too, as it helps them to relearn self-exploration, which enhances physical and cognitive behaviours. Play therapy gives children and adults freedom, increased creativity and life experience.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Play Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

The main premise of Synergetic Play Therapy is that the therapist actively engages in the child's play as a co-regulator and a resource. The therapist's role is to create a safe and attuned therapeutic environment where the child feels accepted, understood, and supported. SPT emphasizes the therapeutic relationship as a primary factor in facilitating healing and growth.

In Synergetic Play Therapy, the therapist pays close attention to the child's nervous system arousal and regulation, helping the child build self-regulation skills. The therapist also helps the child explore and process unresolved emotions, trauma, or challenging life experiences through play.


If you are looking at Synergetic Play Therapy for your child, have a look at the counsellors listed below.

 

 

Helen Ritchie

M.Ed., CCC
Helen Ritchie is  a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Supervisor,  and EMDR Therapist who sees children, youth,adults and parents in Vancouver.  Play Therapy... Read more