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Child-led Play Therapy

During these sessions, your child will have the opportunity to talk about any feelings that are coming up for them and also be able to play their way through their “problems”. Often children find it easier to express what they are feeling through play which then gives them the ability to communicate how they are feeling and also what they need. Play and creating gives them the chance to feel safe enough to feel the big feelings, name them and move through them with love, acceptance and connection. The idea of "joining” into their world also allows them to feel safe enough in the world to communicate and connect with others, something that isn’t always easy for sensitive children who are in tune with the energies around them. Play is a beautiful way for them to feel safe enough in their environment, activate their parasympathetic nervous system to heal, taking them from a state of "fight or flight" to "stay and play".

 

Think of a time when you were so engaged with what you were doing and so happy that you forgot about time or anything else? This feeling is what allows our bodies to heal because our focus is no longer on what we don’t have or don’t want and instead is focused on what we do. In these sessions, your child may spend time dancing, singing, playing with toys, doing yoga, meditating, drawing/colouring/creating, reading, journaling or simply visualizing what they love to do. The focus is on letting the children lead and doing what makes them so happy that whatever is in need of healing happens, while allowing the child to learn and grow in a way that feels FUN!

Child-led Play Therapy

During these sessions, your child will have the opportunity to talk about any feelings that are coming up for them and also be able to play their way through their “problems”.
 

Often children find it easier to express what they are feeling through play which then gives them the ability to communicate how they are feeling and also what they need. Play and creating gives children the chance to feel safe enough to feel the big feelings, name them and move through them with love, acceptance and connection.

 

The idea of "joining” into their world also allows them to feel safe enough in the world to communicate and connect with others, something that isn’t always easy for sensitive children who are in tune with the energies around them.

 

Play is a beautiful way for your child to feel safe enough in their environment, activate their parasympathetic nervous system to heal, taking them from a state of "fight or flight" to "stay and play".

 

Think of a time when you were so engaged with what you were doing and so happy that you forgot about time or anything else? This feeling is what allows our bodies to heal because our focus is no longer on what we don’t have or don’t want and instead is focused on what we do!

 

By doing what we love, we let our body do the rest!

 

In these sessions, your child may spend time dancing, singing, playing with toys, doing yoga, meditating, drawing/colouring/creating, baking, reading, journaling or simply visualizing what they love to do. The focus is on letting the children lead and doing what makes them so happy that whatever is in need of healing happens, while allowing the child to learn and grow in a way that feels FUN!

 

Play is the way children learn! Play allows us to feel safe enough to connect, talk about "big feelings" and find loving ways to express, redirect and "make friends" with whatever feelings, fears or illnesses we have.

 

 *When we aren't quite sure what to do...and take the time to pause, play

and find our fun - there is always a way through!*

what else might you be wondering about play therapy?

Who might Benefit from Play Therapy?

What your child might “appear” as, 
"sound/look like"
or be labeled as:

BiG Feelings and

Challenging Experiences

  • Learning difficulties
  • Has low self-esteem or has experienced trauma

  • Hard time expressing their emotions

  • Throwing  tantrums  or having meltdowns

  • Behaviour may seem "attention-seeking, rude, or disruptive"

  • Refusing to go to school and does not want to be there​

  • Experiences emotions as "REALLY BIG!" and experiences mood swings

Social Withdrawal or Bullying

  • Has experienced bullying, trauma or feeling unsafe in social situations

  • Feeling withdrawn, lonely or isolated

  • Has a hard time listening when others are speaking, making eye contact or communicating using words

  • Difficulty being in noisy, bright or "overstimulating" environments

  • Your child may find it difficult connecting with others, joining in activities with other people and making/keeping friendships

Checked Out or Unfocused

  • Difficulty "staying grounded", being "here", present and engaging with others

  • Your child may appear to just "check out" completely,
    space out or be unable to pay attention in the moment

  • Gets super excited and can't "calm down"

Special needs (Exceptionalities)

  • Autism, Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, brain injury or is very hyperactive

  • Difficulty self-regulating and can sometimes be poorly labeled as the “behaviour kid

  • Children with exceptionalities or are labeled as having 
    “special needs”

Illness

  • Diagnosed with a brain injury or some type of invisible disability or mysterious illness that nobody can seem to understand and aren't quite sure how to support

  • Seen as "sick" and is constantly going from appointment to appointment or various "specialists" to seek answers and support.

If this is you, feel free to connect and we can talk more about this and if play therapy might be a more supportive approach so that the focus is not always on the "problem" or "sickness" to be healed/fixed but instead the child has a space to heal while being seen for the beautiful, whole and healthy person they are and all that is possible for them!

Spiritual

  • Sensitive and empathic.

  • Highly spiritual, connects often to Higher realms and finds it hard to “get grounded”. Your child may find it "safer" up there than down here and could use some support in enjoying life on Earth.

  • “Rainbow child”, “indigo child” or “crystal child”.

Sensitive and empath kids are in tune with the energies around them and are often sick or diagnosed with other health challenges (may experience chronic inflammatory symptoms) due to their sensitivity and inability to create boundaries around their energy (what's theirs/what's not). 

Did you recognize your child in any of the above?

Reach out and let's have a talk about Play Therapy!

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What some families have shared after working with Amanda:

Testimonial

"Me and Emaline have been butting heads since her birth. It's been a journey of many hard days, nights and moments of wondering why we can't just get along.

 

Over the years I have found many ways to heal our relationship and tools that I've used. Some on the physical level, some the emotional, some the spiritual. And we've come a LONG WAY! BUT there has still been this pinch of resistance from both of us that keeps us in the same place. We are very much alike - she is my biggest mirror! So yes, this has some to do with it but I've always felt like I've been searching for the next thing I could bring to our relationship to help her through her feelings and mine. And then I met Amanda.

 

Amanda has many wonderful gifts and one of them is working with children through Play Therapy. What is play therapy? Well, that would be a blog post! There's so much to share! But the Coles notes  is to give your child a safe space to express their feelings through play. One of Emaline's go to expressions is that she goes into fight or flight when she is feeling certain things. She will either become aggressive or she will run away - literally, to both (I've been kicked and jumped on and I've ran around Costco or out of the park after her). Amanda works one on one, in virtual sessions, with Emaline, through play and this allows her to understand her more and is able to give her tools that will bring her back into a safe space more quickly when she is triggered by something.

 

We are only 4 weeks in and I am amazed at the difference these sessions have made in her ability to express how she is feeling. She's communicating more instead of going into her fight or flee reactions. I've been able to learn SO MUCH about her from the session take aways that Amanda sends after each one. And she has SO MANY amazing tools and ideas on how to address a certain situation or recurring patterns through play, that Emaline has really enjoyed.

 

I will be honest. Having to look to someone else for support with Emaline and her feelings and growth REALLY hit my EGO. A LOT. haha. But even though I've learned so much about all the things, sometimes your child just doesn't want to hear about it from you. I HAD TO GET REALLY OK ABOUT THAT. And I'm glad I did because our entire family is winning from this! It's SO important to understand how your child plays! Cause that's where their feelings are. And once you start to understand their feelings, is where the magic happens."

~ Julie, Emaline’s Mom

Testimonial

Testimonial

"Prior to play therapy, I had been hearing negative things from my child’s teacher and school.  He doesn’t like school or learning there, but LOVED all the things him and Amanda did together (which is also learning, he just didn’t realize it). It was also nice to have reassurance that we have a good kid, we are all doing the best we can and dealing with experiences with the tools that we have. 

It was nice to have someone say: “Hey, you’re doing a great job”.

 

Amanda is so approachable, warm, and caring. She supports both the child and the parent. Amanda really shows great patience and can see the best in every person. Her care and compassion shines through.

 

Oli loved spending time with Amanda. His  favourite parts about child-led play therapy were: 

chocolate chocolate cookies, kinetic sand and having fun playing together!

                                                                                       

~ Caitlin, Olivier’s Mom 

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