INFANTS, TODDLERS, & PRESCHOOLERS
The importance of perinatal (pregnancy/postpartum) and infant mental health is increasingly gaining attention. A child's life between the ages of 0 to 5 are considered the critical years because it establishes the foundation for neurological and attachment functioning. Equally important is the parent's mental health, in which additional stressors can occur with pregnancy, child loss or birth, family adjustments, and parenting roles. Play Wellness believes that addressing infant mental health is the key to preventing mental illness. View this video (Zero to Three, 2016) on the importance of caregivers providing responsive care to infants aged 0-3. As such, we strive to assist parents during this transition and to facilitate healthy attunement and relationships between parents and infants to promote generational wellness. Counseling methods may include Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT), play therapy, and brainspotting (for pregnant/birthing bodies).
Children ages 5 to 12 experience multiple developmental and environmental changes. From daycare to elementary school to middle school, children are constantly navigating and adjusting within their bodies, at their schools, with peers, and within caregiver relationships. Play Wellness focuses on providing children with a safe space to communicate past experiences and needs using their language of play. We also help parents to implement effective parenting skills to raise well-adjusted and responsible human beings. Counseling methods may include play therapy, drama therapy, and brainspotting.
The teenage brain goes through a sort of revamping process, which can explain irrational decisions, impulsive behaviors, and emotional outbursts. Yet, being a teenager also provides the opportunity for self-discovery, identity development, and purpose exploration. Play Wellness assists teenagers with enhancing emotional, behavioral, and relational wellness and parents with responding gracefully while balancing love and limits. Counseling methods may include brainspotting and the integration of game, drama, or play therapy activities with talk therapy.
Adults often benefit from safe space to relieve stress, manage anxiety and/or depression, express grief, process trauma, improve self-care, enhance interpersonal relationships, and explore college/academic or career goals. Play Wellness honors the courage that adults take to look inward and to enhance healthy functioning. We also provide care to helping professionals and first responders to assist them with reciprocating the wellness that they provide to others back into themselves and families. Counseling methods may include brainspotting, sand therapy, drama therapy, and evidence-based talk therapy.
Members of the geriatric community may face challenges related to aging, declining physical or mental health, grief and loss, feelings of isolation, and life transitions. Play Wellness helps geriatrics to safely manage transitions, explore sources of enjoyment, and build healthful networks. Counseling methods may include brainspotting, sand therapy, drama therapy, and evidence-based talk therapy.
COUPLES AND FAMILIES
Relational wellness is a cornerstone for couples and families. Yet, unexpected life circumstances, arguments, and mistrust can unravel intended goodness. Play Wellness helps couples and families with developing and enhancing healthy boundaries, conflict resolution, communication, intimacy, and relationships. We provide game therapy for families to aid in enhancing healthy relating, communication, and pro-social skills. Counseling methods may also include evidence-based family system theories, play/sand/drama therapy, and brainspotting.