Play Therapy & Child Counseling

(For children ages 0-12)

Play therapy can help your young child with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, social issues and many other concerns.

Image of a child in play therapy at Katy Counseling working with puppets and a play therapist to process her big emotions.

You are worried about your child & unsure how to help?

We know how hard it is to watch your child struggle and feel helpless to do anything about it. When you became a parent, you never imagined your child would struggle with sadness or loneliness, behavioral issues, anxiety, or experience trauma.

Perhaps you recently divorced, and your child is having difficulty coping. Nothing prepared you for the role of handling your child’s big emotions while also trying to show up as your best self as a parent. It can be exhausting, frustrating, and downright scary. At Katy Counseling, we get it, and we can help!

Child Counseling Katy can help

Young children can have difficult emotions just like adults and benefit from child counseling in the same way. With a therapist trained in child counseling, your child can learn new skills and overcome problems just like adults. And the best way to teach this is by Kelly Peyton play therapy!

Play Therapy Meets the Unique Needs of Young Children

Play therapy is a specific type of counseling designed for the unique needs of young children. Young children have difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings due to their age and development. In play therapy, children use their language (play) and words (toys) to express themselves.

A trained play therapist can use play therapy to help children learn healthier behaviors and attitudes.

A play therapist works with a child on their level during Play Therapy in Katy, TX.

Specially Trained Play Therapists & Child Therapists

Our therapists are specifically trained in play therapy, with many of them achieving or working toward the Registered Play Therapist™ Credential. You can learn more about the benefits of play therapy, training, and certification requirements, and why choose play therapy at the Association For Play Therapy.

Common signs your child may need therapy:

Common signs your child may need therapy
Common signs your child may need therapy
  • You are getting calls from the school or daycare about behavioral issues.
  • There has been regression in potty training or other developmental. milestones
  • Your child has experienced bullying.
  • Your child is having frequent, intense nightmares or has difficulty sleeping alone.
  • Difficulty separating from you or school refusal.
  • Your child is having frequent panic attacks or meltdowns.
  • A sudden change in school performance or suddenly doing poorly in school
  • Your child has difficulty making or keeping friendships.
  • Recent death of a loved one or pet and continued difficulty with it
  • Your child has experienced a traumatic event.
  • A recent divorce or custody change.
  • Your child has self-harmed, talked about suicide, or harmed animals.

This list is not meant to be an exhaustive list of reasons parents seek child counseling. If you have questions, please contact us to learn if play therapy is right for your child.

A sand tray used during Play Therapy in Katy, TX can help children process their emotions effectively.

Do you have Questions about what to Expect When your Child starts counseling?

Here are some frequently asked questions parents often have:

What happens at the first counseling session in child counseling katy?

We know starting counseling for your child can be a scary process and our goal is to make it as comfortable as possible from start to finish. Your first session will likely be a parent session. This session may include one or both parents or additional caregivers/guardians of the child.

Getting to Know Your Family in child Counseling Katy

Your therapist will take time to learn about your family, your child, and the challenges that bring you to therapy. At this meeting, you will learn more about play therapy, what to expect, how you will be involved in your child’s therapy, and get any important questions you may have answered.

We know your child is important to you and want to take as much time as possible to address your concerns and make sure we provide the help your child needs.

How will I be involved in my child’s therapy?

How will I be involved in my childs therapy
How will I be involved in my childs therapy

At Katy Counseling we believe that parents are the most important part of a child’s life. While your child may meet alone with their counselor for all or part of an appointment, your child’s therapist will make sure you know exactly what the treatment plan is and work with you regularly to provide information and skills to you as the parent as well as to receive feedback from you that may help your little one gets better faster!

We Believe in a Collaborative Approach (Play Therapy)

We believe in a collaborative approach with parents. This means you may also join in for all or part of some play therapy sessions depending on the unique needs of your child. We find that when parents play a big part in their child’s therapy, children benefit and learn to handle big emotions better, feel more connected, and learn to control behaviors faster.

What Can Play Therapy & Child Counseling Help with?

What Can Play Therapy Child Counseling Help with
What Can Play Therapy Child Counseling Help with

Counseling for children can help with a variety of issues from adjusting to transitions to severe mood and behavioral issues. Here are just a few things we successfully treat with play therapy and counseling:

A play therapist in Katy, TX works with a young child during Play Therapy.

Begin Play Therapy In Katy, TX Today And Help Your Child Thrive

Children may come in small packages, but they have BIG emotions.  If you think your child is struggling to process their feelings in a healthy way, seek a qualified mental health professional who treats children, such as a play therapist for a full assessment and treatment.  Play therapy can help your child learn new skills, overcome their fears and thrive again!

Want more information about Play Therapy and how it can help your Child? Visit the  Parents Corner at The Association for Play Therapy (a4pt.org). Or follow the steps below to connect with us at Katy Counseling:

Other Mental Health Services Offered At Katy Counseling

In addition to offering Play Therapy, we also offer a wide range of services for adults, teens, and children. These services include Teen CounselingAdult CounselingCouples CounselingTrauma CounselingWomen’s Issues, and Lens Neurofeedback. Our goal is to meet you where you are and help guide you through the issues you are facing in a positive and supportive way.

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FAQs about Play Therapy & Child Counseling

1. What is play therapy and how does it work?

Play therapy is a form of counseling that uses play to help children express their feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a safe and structured environment.

Through play, children can explore and understand their emotions and behaviors.

Therapists use toys, games, and creative activities to facilitate communication and help children process their experiences.

2. What types of issues can play therapy address?

Play therapy can be effective in addressing a wide range of issues including:

– Emotional and behavioral problems
– Trauma and abuse.
– Anxiety and depression
– Family issues, such as divorce or loss
– Social and academic challenges
– Developmental and learning disabilities

3. How long does play therapy take?

The duration of play therapy varies depending on the child’s individual needs and the complexity of the issues being addressed.

Some children may benefit from a few sessions, while others may need ongoing therapy over several months or even years. Typically, sessions are held weekly and last about 30 to 50 minutes.

4. What qualifications should a play therapist have?

A qualified play therapist usually holds a master’s or doctoral degree in a field such as psychology, counseling, or social work, and has specialized training in play therapy techniques.

Certification from recognized organizations, such as the Association for Play Therapy (APT), can also indicate a therapist’s expertise and commitment to the field.

5. How can parents support their child during play therapy?

Parents can support their child by:

– Providing a stable and supportive home environment
– Encouraging their child’s participation in therapy
– Communicating openly with the therapist and following their –recommendations
– Being patient and understanding that progress may take time
– Reinforcing the positive behaviors and skills learned in therapy at home