And why choose this for my child?
Children's play has intrinsic value, Albert Einstein stating that "Play is the highest form of research." It is a natural and necessary part of human development, growth, learning, and relationships.
Just as talk therapy helps adults to process, express, and regulate their thoughts and emotions, play does the same for children. For children toys are their words and play is their language.
Children are not miniature adults, so working with them on a developmentally appropriate level makes a world of difference. This, in short, is play therapy.
The Association for Play Therapy states that play is a natural process that:
Builds trust and mastery
Fosters learning and acceptable behaviors
Identifies and regulates emotions
Promotes creative thinking/problem solving
Encourages open communication
Elevates spirit and self-esteem
About the Owner
Naturally empathic and passionate about holistic health, Hannah is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor serving adults in private practice, and children/parents through client-centered psychotherapy and play therapy. As a social justice advocate, Hannah prioritizes equity and observes human experiences through an open, accepting, and multicultural lens. She is dedicated to providing a warm empathic space for children to develop, grow, and connect with their most authentic selves.
After undergraduate studies at Clemson University, Hannah pursued her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hannah is a provisionally Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCA) in South Carolina. She is also working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
Hannah specializes in work with individual adults using psychotherapy and young children using Client-Centered Play-Therapy. She works with anxiety, depression, life transitions, emotional dysregulation, behavioral problems, and identity work.
Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University, before pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPC) licensed in South Carolina. She hopes to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor for provisionally licensed clinicians.
Emily specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as with parent relationships. She works with many mental health and emotional issues including anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, foster and adoptive care, parenting issues, grief, and trauma.
Who We Help
The Play Therapy Center's clinicians are clinicians for every child in any family whom wishes to more fully encounter themselves and their purpose in the world. We see children with anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, behavioral concerns, and more.
How We Do It
We utilize Client-Centered Play Therapy to meet children at their developmental level to build self-esteem and self-concept, build trust and mastery skills, foster learning and acceptable behaviors, identify and regulate emotions, reduce anxiety, and more.
What's in It for You
Your decision to pursue play therapy for your child will allow them to heal, grow, and thrive in their own life story and identity as they develop into adolescence. Play therapy benefits not only the child, but the parents and the family system as well.