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Play Therapy for Kids in Benton & North Little Rock

For kids from the ages of three to eleven, we may recommend play therapy. This form of counseling gives your child the safety of play to express his or her emotions. Before kids have the necessary vocabulary to discuss big ideas, play therapy can offer a great solution to allow us into the child’s thought process and potential therapy needs. If you want to learn more about play therapy at Central Arkansas Group Counseling, read the information on this page. You can also call to schedule an appointment with us in our North Little Rock or Benton office.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a method of meeting and responding to the mental health needs of children. It is an effective and suitable intervention in dealing with children’s brain development. It is generally employed with children aged three to eleven and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process.

Learn more from the Association for Play Therapy

Why Would My Child Need Play Therapy?

When children are too young to clearly express their advanced thoughts, emotions, and feelings, they may benefit from play therapy. Some of the reasons parents may want to schedule a play therapy appointment for their children include helping kids dealing with:

  • Temper tantrums and aggressive behaviors
  • Difficulties with sleeping or nightmares
  • Experiencing and expressing anxieties, worries, or fears
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • The loss of a family member or friend

What are the Benefits of Play Therapy?

Kids who take part in play therapy can receive numerous benefits, including:

  • Learning responsibility for behavior
  • Developing successful conflict strategies
  • Solving problems creatively and effectively
  • Cultivating empathy, respect, and acceptance of self and others
  • Experiencing and expressing emotions in safe and healthy ways
  • Feeling confidence in their abilities
  • Improving socializations skills with friends and family members

What Happens During Play Therapy?

Depending on the age and attention span of your child, a play therapy session may last 30 minutes to a full hour. During this session, the play therapist will work with the young patient strategically to direct play towards understanding their emotions, handling conflicts, and learning to process difficult information. It may look like your child is just having fun, but these sessions can be exactly what he or she needs to begin communicating more clearly and developing better problem solving skills. Play therapy sessions are unique to the specific patient, so no two visits will look exactly the same.

How Much Does Play Therapy Cost?

For an hour long play therapy session, we will charge our typical $120 fee. We are happy to process insurance claims to minimize the out of pocket costs of treatment. If you have questions about pricing or need help with financing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our business team at any time.