Playing to Heal
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
I was “unofficially” introduced to play therapy in graduate school (GO BLUE!) when I worked with my professor in her creative arts program for youth in alternative school settings. I witnessed how young people used visual arts, music, poetry, movement, and games to open up about significant hurts and traumas. I remember the youth gravitating to the work so deeply and I knew that I had discovered something that was needed in my own community.
Once I returned to the DC area after graduate school, I was “officially” introduced to play therapy by my then clinical supervisor, who was a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) that incorporated play therapy into our consultation meetings. Again, I recognized the power in play, especially while working with populations within a community mental health setting. The needs were great, and “talk therapy” just wasn’t cutting it. It seemed like play and expressive art therapies were the only thing actually creating results. I also noticed that there were few credentialed play therapists of color in the community, and so I made it my business to become certified in order to service communities of color and to train other clinicians of color.
Since starting my practice in 2015, I’m grateful to offer the gift of play therapy to the residents of my community. Play therapy has a way of breaking down barriers, seeing clients on a human level, and connecting with the heart. As the practice continues to grow, it is my sincere hope that Resilient Child Therapy can continue to be the beacon of intentional healing for all those that we are blessed to interface. Play is healing and it continues to be the medium that children (teens & adults, too!) express themselves.
Happy National Play Therapy Week!
For more information about play therapy, visit the Association for Play Therapy.