Play Therapist - Building Stronger Relationships Through Play
How Can I Help Your Family and Your Child?
 
 
As a counselor and play therapist, I work with children as young as 1 years old and up.  I address behavioral/emotional issues that affect a child's relationships with parents, siblings, and his/her peers.  I deal with children who are aggressive, oppositional, uncooperative, anxious, withdrawn, and overactive.
 
What to Expect
 
 
Parental Participation
 
I believe that parental involvement is important throughout the treatment process.  As a counselor and play therapist, I generally want parents to be present during the sessions.  This allows the parents to see what is taking place during treatment.   More importantly, this allows for the attachment to develop/deepen between the child and the parent (not the counselor/play therapist).
 
Your First Call or Email
 
When you call, you will speak with me.  I will answer any questions that you have about my practice and my treatment approaches.  I will ask you some initial questions, such as your name, contact information, , and what prompted you to call.  Then, we can schedule an appointment, or you can schedule an appointment at the bottom of this page.
 
Your First Visit
 
At your first visit, I will have you complete a consent for treatment and a facesheet.  Or you can download this forms and bring them to your first appointment.  I will review this information with you and ask you and your child questions, regarding various aspects of their life and issue(s).  Some questions that I ask include:
 
  • Who is in your family?
  • Do you like school?
  • What do your friendships look like?
  • Do you have any medical issues?
  • Do you have any problems with any emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger management issues, etc.)
 
Additionally, I may have you complete some additional questionnaires regarding your child and yourself.  If you have a younger child, I may want you and your child to participate in a play therapy assessment.  This assessment involves you and your child alone in a room.  I have six to seven tasks for you and your child to complete.  I am not in the room and I videotape the assessment.  I review it later and give you feedback at a future session regarding this assessment.  

Generally, it takes 1 to 3 sessions for me to develop some type of treatment plan.  I will then share this plan with you.  If at any time, you have any questions, feel to free to ask, email me, or contact me on the phone.
 
As a counselor and play therapist, my sessions typically last about 30 to 45 minutes to an hour.  
 
Shame
 
While some parents/guardians may find this difficult to understand/do, I do not like to discuss the week's past events.  One of my goals in doing therapy is to help your child change his/her view about themselves and the world.  Many children who come to therapy believe that they have done something wrong or that there is something "bad" about them.  Many children, particularly those with attachment issues, reviewing the previous week's issues can be emotionally troublesome, and many times is therapeutically counterproductive.  This review may just reinforce the child's view that something is "bad" about him or her.

I do want to hear what has happened during the week as this lets me get a sense of the progress or lack of progress that is taking place.  I encourage parents/guardians to email me to let me know what has taken place the previous week.  Or, the parent and I can spend the first part of the session discussing what has taken place.

Payments and Insurance
 
I accept the following insurances:  Aetna, BC/BS (Anthem), Cigna, Coventry, GHP, Healthcare USA, Home State, Horizon, Magellan, Medicaid (21yo and younger), Missouri Care, and United Behavioral Healthcare.
 
 
Schedule An Appointment Now
 
Make an Online Appointment
 
 
Office Waiting Room at my Play Therapy Practice in St. Louis
 
 
 
 
 
Office Waiting Room