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Child Therapy with Play

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced based therapy that is based on the assumption that what you think affects what you do. CBT has shown to be successful with adults, adolescents and older children. CBT can be used with younger children by adding play and they call this Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT). The use of CBPT can be used with children struggling with behavioral issues, anxiety disorders, sleep problems, trauma, and the effects of parental divorce.

CBPT is used to help children learn new ways of coping. Children learn through play and spend a great deal of their lives playing and mimicking what they see. Utilizing CBPT in therapy, children can:

  • Learn about their world through play

  • Play to model behaviors shown to them

  • Process what is happening in their lives through play

  • Experiment through play

  • Develop many skills through play.

You can expect that during the first session that information will be gathered on the child’s history, parent’s history and information will be provided on what to expect in sessions. What you can expect with CBPT is:

  • structured

  • goal orientated

  • short-term

  • collaborative with the child and their family

  • guided by both the child and the therapist

  • play based

  • psycho-educational

CBPT all the child to feel safe to express his or herself to work through their current struggles while fostering a positive therapeutic relationship.