Sonoma County Counseling
Coordinated Family Therapy

PLAY THERAPY
Introduction to Play Therapy

(Child Counseling)

Play is the universal language of children. The Playroom allows them to express what they have difficulty saying with words and work through difficult issues using play.

Play Therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children that are causing behavioral problems and/or are preventing children from realizing their full potential.


Therapeutic Play, (including Play Therapy), is a well-established discipline based upon a number of psychological theories. Research, both qualitative and quantitative, shows that in many cases it is highly effective. Recent research by
Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) suggests that 71% of the children referred to play therapy will demonstrate a positive change.
In the playroom a safe, confidential and caring environment (container) is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). This allows healing to occur on many levels, as well as a sense of self-mastery.

Research suggests Play Therapy is an effective form of child counseling, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.
We have found Play Therapy to be a useful tool for children who have experienced or are experiencing any of the following issues: 
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Domestic Violence
  • Victims of Crime
  • Anxiety (fear of surgery, reliving post-traumatic events, school phobia, etc.)
  • Divorce
  • Supervised Visitation
  • Moving to or from another location
  • Bullying
  • Difficulties at School
  • Blended or Step Families
  • Behavioral Problems (acting out behaviors due to anger, grief, fear, crisis, etc.)
  • Behavioral Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum, Social, Conduct, etc.)
  • Learning and Physical Disabilities
  • Pending Surgical or Hospital Procedures
  • Death and Dying
  • Feeling Different or "Not fitting in"
Some of the techniques which are available and utilized are: 
  • Art/Drawing/Sketching
  • Dance/Movement
  • Drama/Role Play
  • Games
  • Talking
  • Puppetry
  • Sand Tray
  • Doll House Play
  • Story Telling/Writing
  • EMDR
  • ​Sports
  • ​Swordplay
OUR TEAM
Here at Sonoma County Counseling, we are committed to helping our clients overcome their biggest mental and emotional challenges by providing them with a strength based approach, which accentuates the positives, helping them discern what works and what doesn't, so they can capitalize on their specific strengths while letting go of everything that hinders their progress.

We specialize in providing top-notch child counseling services, but also welcome all clients.

Please feel free to contact us today to discuss your family’s unique circumstances and to see how we can be of help in starting the process of healing and symptom relief.
(707) 284-1978

We have a 24 HOUR STAND ALONE ANSWERING SERVICE, so all calls are answered and attended to as soon as possible.

You can also email us at sonomacountycounseling@gmail.com