How does play therapy help with anxiety?

Play therapy, a cornerstone at Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX, offers a unique approach to aiding children with anxiety. Through play, children can freely express their emotions, gaining a sense of control and empowerment. In the playroom, children are encouraged to take the lead and explore at their own pace, allowing them to feel more confident and in control of their environment. This sense of autonomy can be particularly beneficial for anxious children, who may feel overwhelmed or out of control in other areas of their lives.

Additionally, this therapeutic method fosters coping skills and emotional regulation, essential for managing anxiety effectively. Moreover, play therapy promotes social and emotional development. Many anxious children struggle with social interactions and building relationships with others. In the playroom, children have the opportunity to practice social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and resolving conflicts in a safe and supportive environment. As they engage in play with the trained play therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling, they learn valuable communication and interpersonal skills that can help reduce feelings of isolation and improve their overall well-being.

Furthermore, play therapy helps children reframe their perceptions of themselves and the world around them. Through play, children have the opportunity to explore different roles, scenarios, and perspectives, allowing them to gain insight into their thoughts and behaviors. By engaging in symbolic play, children can externalize their worries and fears, making them easier to understand and manage. This process of self-discovery and exploration can lead to increased self-awareness, self-esteem, and resilience in children with anxiety.

Overall, play therapy offers a holistic and child-centered approach to addressing anxiety in children. By providing a safe and supportive space for self-expression, skill-building, and emotional growth, play therapy empowers children to overcome their anxiety and thrive in all areas of their lives. With the guidance of a trained play therapist, children can develop the confidence, resilience, and coping skills they need to navigate life’s challenges with courage and resilience.

A child drawing a picture in a play therapy office. Our trained play therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling are ready to help your child gain freedom from their anxiety. Give us a call today to get started!

Symptoms of Anxiety

Your child may benefit from Play Therapy for Anxiety at Brittani Persha Counseling if they have:

  • Excessive anxiety and worry
  • Inability to control fears and worries
  • Difficulty sleeping due to anxious thoughts
  • Physical symptoms such as stomach aches and headaches
  • Extreme fears in social situations
  • Perfectionistic tendencies  and performance anxiety
  • Difficulty separating from caregivers
  • Irrational thoughts about something happening to primary caregivers

Play Therapy at Brittani persha Counseling

At BPC, we believe in the Power of Play. Play therapy is the least intrusive and most natural form of therapy for children. Since children usually express themselves in non-verbal ways, we use our play therapy training as a medium for finding clues to what is happening in your child’s inner world. Also through play, your child is able to fully express past events. Many times, behavioral issues arise because a child did not get to fully process an experience from an earlier age. This causes them to feel stuck and makes adapting to a changing environment more difficult.

Through play therapy, we help your child process these issues by utilizing play as the child’s language. We do this because children are often not able to use direct language and instead utilize metaphors in play to express themselves. Often, a large part of the healing occurs in the therapy environment where a child can safely reenact issues and form new responses. The good news is as your child overcomes their obstacles, their symptoms will decrease. This will bring greater harmony and understanding to your family as a whole.If you are interested in learning more about our child counseling services, schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation today to speak directly with one of our trained therapists. Our goal as a Houston, TX, child therapy clinic is to determine if BPC is the right fit for your family.

Featured Play Therapist at Brittani persha Counseling

A therapist standing outside for a headshot. Our therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling are ready to help your child on their journey to heal from anxiety. Give us a call today to get started with play therapy for anxiety.

Victoria McCann, LPC-A is an expert child therapist at Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX. Victoria works with children, teens, and adults. She specializes in working with with clients coping with depression, anxietyADHD, life transitions, relationship distress, family conflict, low self-esteem, identity issues, immigration and assimilation-related stress, and neurodivergence. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Victoria, please give us a call at 713-364-8645 or use the link below to schedule.

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