Children communicate through play; they do not understand or discuss their feelings in the same way adults do. When children are faced with difficult or stressful experiences, a trained play therapist can provide a safe and protected space for the play to become focused on emotional healing. Studies have consistently shown play therapy to be an effective approach to reducing behavioral issues, academic struggles, somatic complaints, and social withdrawal. DCBHS houses its very own specialty clinic to provide this highly coveted service within the Northern Virginia area.
Trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help children work through what is troubling them, whether there is a specific diagnosis or simply a difficulty related to development. While adults verbalize their feelings in therapy, children act them out in their play and other expressive art techniques. Sand therapy is often used with children and families, and is a nonverbal process that can lead to amazing transformations. Typically, children attend on a weekly basis to begin with and as they progress, the frequency will decrease; however, this may vary depending on the need.
Before your child begins play therapy, a therapist will meet with you to gather a complete history and understanding of your concerns, as well as answer any questions you may have. Your child's therapist will continue to meet with you monthly to provide and receive feedback and updates regarding your child.
We have two resident therapists who see clients at a significantly lower rate. DCBHS recommends clients to contact their insurance companies prior to the first session and ask the following questions:
Do I have a deductible?
Do I need preauthorization?
How many sessions are covered per calendar year?