is a systematic approach to providing psychotherapy to children in a developmentally sensitive way through the use of play and toys. My approach to play therapy is drawn from many aspects of the play therapy tradition along the continuum from purely child-centered play to directive game-based approaches. I believe in tailoring the play therapy approach to the needs of the child and the stage of treatment. My play therapy is inspired by the work of the traditional founders of play therapy such as Gary Landreth, as well as more prescriptive approaches advocated by Eliana Gil, Joyce Mills, Helen Benedict and Paris Goodyear-Brown. I have also been trained in Theraplay and use game-based learning in building attachment capacity in many of my clients.
My goal is to present both foundational and advanced skills for fellow clinicians which are the same kinds of trainings I like to attend – experiential as well as theoretical, research-informed and based on real life case material. In particular my goal is to help therapists develop a comprehensive approach to their child clients which is trauma-informed and developmentally sensitive.
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to watch a free one-hour webinar on the Foundations of the Play Therapy Relationship.
is an evidence–based psychotherapy which is based on the healing of past traumatic and adverse experiences as the path to improved mental health. I became an EMDR therapist to help my clients to heal from trauma, and I am able to use EMDR therapy to benefit clients of all ages, including children. I am actively involved in developing an integrated model for Play Therapy and EMDR therapy, and published on this topic in Play Therapy
magazine in 2015 and EMDRIA's Go With That
magazine in 2019. I'm happy to be co-facilitating trainings around the country in this area with my colleague, EMDR trainer, Annie Monaco
. We have recently co-edited a comprehensive book about this integration published by Springer in fall 2020: EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach