Support and strenghten
Children communicate and resolve emotional issues through play. Play Therapy supports children's ability to cope with issues such as anxiety, depression, recover from trauma, and adjustments to life's stressors. Our approach to therapeutic intervention with children is attachment-focused, meaning that the parent or caregiver is usually involved in the therapy session. Parents are taught techniques for helping the child to soothe herself as well as playful ways to promote healthy parent-child attachment.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP):
An evidence based treatment approach for children who have experienced a traumatic event. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent (or caregiver). Ages 0-6, MaineCare and private insurance options.
Adult Outpatient Counseling:
Available for pregnant women and parents who are experiencing challenges with managing their child’s needs and behaviors along with their own mental health challenges. MaineCare and private insurance options.
Our play therapists are licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) who have specialized training in parent-child attachment, interpersonal neurobiology and play therapy techniques. They work with the child and parent or caregiver to promote healthy attachment and resolve emotional or behavioral issues through playful interactions. Parents or caregivers are often included in all or part of each therapy session and will be offered tools to continue supporting their child through the therapeutic process.
Benefits of Play:
Play helps children build relationshipswith the key people in their lives and enables them to build resilience in the face of life's greatest challenges.
Participating children became significantly less depressive, anxious, angry, isolated, aggressive, and oppositional. They became significantly more joyful, pro-social, and independent.