Play Therapy

Play is the language of children.  Play Therapy is the most appropriate type of therapy for Pre-School, Elementary, and some Middle School children.  However, it is not just for children!  Adults and adolescents can benefit from types of play therapy, particularly Sandtray therapy, to deepen or further therapeutic work.

There are two schools of Play Therapy, directed and non-directed.  Rita combines these methods depending on the needs of her client.  In directed play therapy, Rita provides play experiences that are designed to explore, heal, or provide education about the presenting problem.  In non-directed Play Therapy the child is provided with a free, open, supportive experience in the playroom which allows his or her psyche to direct the healing process.

Rita specializes in Sandtray Play Therapy, a non-directed approach.  She successfully completed a six year course of study under the originator of the Sandtray-Worldplay method of Sand Tray therapy, Dr. Gisela Schubach DeDomenico .  Sandtray therapy reaches the deepest layers of consciousness to facilitate awareness. Selecting from a large collection of images, a “world” is created in the sand tray. This world is then available for exploration and revision. This dynamic psychotherapeutic approach of creative exploration and experimentation allows children of all ages access to the possibility of becoming a creative, responsible, fulfilled human being. This type of therapy is particularly useful for anyone who has difficulty verbalizing their internal experiences, and for those who feel they have reached an impasse in traditional talk therapy. Learn more about Sandtray Play Therapy.

To learn more about Play Therapy, watch these videos developed by the National Association For Play Therapy.

  Introducing Andrew

Play Therapy Works!

 To learn more about the theoretical basis for Sand Tray therapy, view the interview with Jungian play therapist, John Allan.

History Speaks: Allan Interview