For Ages 3-5
Our founder, Jeffrey A. Roosa, designed a unique form of Play Therapy for use at Cross the Bridge Counseling.
This form of therapy is a rejection of everything you and your child may know about therapy — no subjective interpretations of your child’s creations, thoughts, and behaviors; no unnecessary labeling of your child; no sitting quietly in chairs while your child is forced to talk out their feelings.
Our Play Therapy employs a social dynamic in the therapeutic environment between a TEAM of therapists (LCSWRs, LMSWs, LMHCs, MHCs, MFTs), graduate student interns, and therapy assistants, your child, and at times, other age-appropriate clients.
We find that putting your child in such an environment helps us recreate an atmosphere that is familiar to your child and gives us the opportunity to observe your child’s behavior and teach them how to succeed in overcoming their difficulties in a practical, action-oriented way.
We do this by building up their self-esteem, teaching them new coping skills, and improving their focus. Most standard therapeutic techniques are employed in this task.
Play Therapy also utilizes interactive play modalities. Younger children, typically ages 3-5, often engage in play with puzzles, drawing, or other thought-oriented crafts. Often the children speak about their issues through the use of fantasy, or magical thinking, which is age-appropriate.
The children feel comfortable using these modalities, so they want to come to therapy and they are motivated to receive the maximum benefit. When you ask your child how their session went, they will most likely say that they played – they often don’t recall the work is occurring.
Additionally, this therapeutic process occurs in the context of play and no subjective interpretation occurs. This means that we are not creating a biography — we work with concepts. Your child gets better and learns to negotiate life’s stressors in a positive, healthy manner. For this reason, our therapeutic model is not one that is designed to gather information to be used in any litigation.
Parental input is important to the therapeutic process. We hold Parent Update appointments every 8-10 weeks, where you meet with your child’s therapist or therapists to discuss the child’s progress. Email inquiries between meetings are also encouraged, and responses can be expected within the same day of receipt. We work to incorporate your concerns into the therapy session content. However, we do not handle parenting issues during your child’s individual session.
Separate sessions are available if you wish to improve your parenting skills. And please remember, change takes time, and each child responds at their own rate. Consistency is everything. If you don’t bring your child regularly, they will not benefit.
If you have any questions about our process or concerns about your child’s development, please call us at (845) 342-5789.