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:

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

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

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 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 recognise your child in any of the above?

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

SHARING IS CARING!

What some families have shared after working with Amanda:

“My daughter relishes when she gets to spend one on one time with Amanda, practicing breathing, yoga, painting ceramics, baking, walking, dancing, singing, drawing, reading, journaling...Amanda has shared with her some unique techniques to help her express her feelings and emotions regarding school, friends and family; I have to admit that these tools have made my daughter a happier and more confident child as she continues to practice the skills that Amanda has taught her to help her navigate the ups and downs of grade 3.

 

My daughter describes Amanda as "Phenomenal"! She says "Amanda is my best friend and older sister in one - she is uplifting, creative, always kind and listens to me with respect." " She helps me learn how to stay calm and breathe." 

 

When challenging situations arise, Amanda remains focused on helping the child weather the emotional storm that may be occuring so they can arise from the experience more equipped to communicate with words, knowledge and integrity. Amanda has been a key part of my family's "village".

 

"Exceptional" is the word I would use to describe my experience with Amanda. She cares in a profoundly beautiful way about helping children feel loved, valued and respected.”

 

-Maureen (Mother of Elise and Ewan)

“I like her unicorn and colourful rocks.”

 

-Ewan, age 4
 

“I like how she helps me feel positive and happy.”

 

-Elise, age 8

"Amanda spent time connecting and bonding with our son to figure out the approach that would work best for him. She tailors her approach to each child, family and their needs. 

 

Using her intuition and connection with my son, Amanda used several modalities during these sessions including neuroplasticity, intuitive energy healing, yoga, family meditations and even brought in crystals which he was very drawn to. 

 

She helped me see that he was really aware of the energy around him and that they key was him feeling safe enough in the environment to join in, get grounded and calming his nervous system was the key to doing so.

 

Amanda makes it so fun and connects with kids at the level that they understand while still achieving the results of the learning that is ready to happen. Amanda makes healing fun, like it's a game! Her approach is lighthearted with effective results. She helped my child to connect with what he loves, go into his world to connect with him and work her magic! 

 

Amanda is so genuine, sincere, loving and non-judgmental. She listens and is so intuitive. Children and especially those with special needs have this sixth sense about people and my son absolutely loves Amanda. He knows when people are being genuine and he loves her so much. Amanda goes above and beyond the call of duty to help her clients and it doesn't just end when she leaves. She always cares. 

 

One of the biggest changes for my son was that after working together, he has transitioned back to school after being homeschooled for 2 years. When he re-entered back to school, he was able to transition without the same issues that he faced initially. He was able to cope better, sensory overload stimuli had decreased. Now in 2019, Danyal is attending school for extended periods of time where he is participating, integrating, and spending time with others.” 

-Soofia (Mother of Danyal and Zain)

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