A few posts back, we had a discussion about the top 5 questions parents have about play therapy. While that post covered many of the important questions that come up when a parent is considering play therapy for their child, today we will dive right in to another popular question. Parents often wonder what the play therapy room will look like when they bring their children to meet me for the first time. To help ease that worry, I want to share pictures of my play therapy room and share a few things in regard to selecting toys for the play room.
“Toys are selected, not collected.” -Garry Landreth
As one of the pioneers in play therapy, Dr. Landreth quite literally wrote the book on the foundational knowledge every play therapist should know. He is well known for many fantastic quotes, but this is one of my favorites. In play therapy, not just any old toy will do. Toys should be selected because of their therapeutic merits by a therapist with education, skills, and training in play therapy. In cultivating the tools of my trade, I very carefully searched for items that pack the most therapeutic punch. For example, I have a dollhouse where kids can demonstrate a variety of themes with a diverse array of play families to show me a piece of their inner world. I have a sandtray therapy corner where clients can create stories in the sand to see their world through a new, creative lens. I have a play kitchen where children can demonstrate nurturing and caring for others. All of these toys have a strong purpose and can be used in many diverse ways.
Here are the pictures.
All of this is interesting, but I am sure you clicked on this post to see my therapy room. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what to expect.
I am so proud of how this room turned out! I have items that will meet the needs of children, teens, and young adults, and I also boast a comfortable space for those clients who prefer to sit and chat.
Clients often share the most intimate pieces of their world in play therapy and sandtray therapy. I strive to help my clients feel safe in my space so that individual needs can be met.
If you are in the Metairie or New Orleans area and are looking for play therapy, sand tray therapy, or counseling for children, teens, or young adults, reach out today to get started.