When most people hear the word play they picture a child with a baby doll or a toy sword in a pretend world. While this is definitely a type of play, I’d like to challenge the idea that only children play – picture the high schooler PLAYING soccer, the 20-somethings PLAYING board games and card games, the retiree PLAYING golf… wait a second! Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult: we all have our own ways of playing. Here in Colorado, adults love to play whether it’s escaping to the mountains to ski and snowboard or staying in town to have a drink. In fact, there’s an entire Pub in Denver dedicated to playing called Board Game Republic!
Since childhood, humans have used PLAY to learn and grow, test theories, relieve stress, and communicate. As a former preschool teacher, I had the privilege of using play as a tool for learning in my classroom for many years. What did I see the children in my class doing? They used dramatic play with costumes and baby dolls to be “Mom” and “Dad,” they built entire towns and skyscrapers out of blocks, they challenged each other to games of Tag and Red Light/Green Light.
But more than that – they experimented with different family and social roles, they learned about gravity, physics, and came up with brilliant solutions when that one block just didn’t fit right. Finally, through so many different types of PLAY, they learned to support each other, challenge each other, compromise, and cope with not getting their way.
Think of all the times you've gone to a movie with friends (*cough* PLAY), in a moment of silliness changed the words to your favorite song to make someone laugh (*cough* PLAY), or went to a painting or karate class (do I have to say it by now?) We all play and the benefits are endless! Therapy or Counseling can be an intimidating place. I change that perception by inviting you to play out problems. I utilize the creative, comfortable, and imaginative world of play to help children, teens, and adults work towards solutions that they can transfer to their every day lives.
Even as teenagers and adults, play facilitates learning and dares us to try new ways of thinking about and acting on difficult situations. This is the philosophy that I bring into my Play Therapy room. I work with those courageous enough to PLAY who are as young as three and as old as… well, there’s no age limit! I am here to help anyone come up with creative solutions to whatever is troubling them within a comfortable and caring environment.
Children and teens enjoy the many therapeutic toys and sandtray materials that are carefully selected and available to facilitate growth, learning, and exploring new solutions to problems. Adults enjoy the wide range and options of toys, art, or sandtray, as well as my creative techniques for addressing difficult problems.
Come play with me and see where it leads you!
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