We offer Assistance with
Parenting Issues & Family Struggles
Divorce, Separation, Blended Family Struggles
School Problems (Behavior, ADD/ADHD, & Social Skills)
Grief & Loss
Assertiveness & Self-Esteem
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What is Play Therapy?
Traditional "talk" therapy is typically not effective with children because they do not have the language or developmental skills to express their struggles, thoughts or feelings (or the attention span to sit and have a 50 minute conversation). Play therapy utilizes children's best and most natural form of "talk," which is play, to assist them with working through difficult issues, healing from trauma, and learning to cope with strong emotions. Toys are intentionally selected to include in the playroom based on research and work as symbols or metaphors for the child's reality. Therapists are trained to interpret the symbolism and this provides insight needed to best respond to the children's needs in therapy.
What ages can Play Therapy help with?
Play therapy is a specialized form of therapy designed especially for children ages 3-12. However, certain concepts, methods and techniques can be used with infants, adolescents and adults as well.
How long are Play Therapy sessions and how many sessions does it usually take?
Factors including the child's age, development and attention span are all taken into consideration when determining the length of sessions which can range from 30-50 minutes.
Every child is unique and it is difficult to predict the length of time they will need to be in therapy. Therapists trained in play therapy learn to observe various stages of play and this can provide a guide as to where they are at in the therapeutic process.
How are parents involved in their child's therapy?
The parents (or foster parents) play the most important role through the play therapy process, because they know their child best. Therefore, the therapist relies on the parents to provide a history of the problem, work with the therapist to set goals for the child's therapy, and throughout the process are encouraged to provide feedback as to how the child is progressing from their perspective. At times the parents are included in sessions, however it is also beneficial at times for the therapist to work individually with the child.
In addition, it is common for the therapist to hold separate parent consultation sessions to provide a time to speak openly and discuss issues without the child present. During these meetings the therapist will often provide suggestions for strategies to implement at home with the child to assist in their ability to make progress.
What is available at Hope for Healing?
Katrina Jones, Marriage & Family Therapist at Hope for Healing has completed the necessary classes and supervision to provide play therapy, and is certified through the Playtalk KC Play Therapy Institute.
*Source: For more information on Play Therapy you are encouraged to visit the
Association for Play Therapy website at:
Online Counseling Sessions
Beginning January 1, 2019, Hope for Healing LLC is excited to announce they will provide Telehealth Online Counseling services to clients. Telehealth is currently covered by BCBS and KanCare insurances, or to self-pay clients. Instead of coming to the office to see a therapist you can visit with them right from the comfort of your own home or office. If you are interested in this service please contact our office for more information.