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Play Therapy Specialist

Cognitive Behavioral & Integrative Therapy located in Falls Church & Alexandria, VA

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Play Therapy

If your child lacks self-awareness or doesn’t yet have the words to describe their thoughts and feelings, play therapy may be the perfect solution for them. At The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment in Falls Church and Alexandria, Virginia, licensed therapists offer this service to improve the mental health and well-being of children. Call to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

What is play therapy?

Play therapy is a special type of therapy for children in which they can express their thoughts and emotions by playing. Your child and their therapist use play therapy to communicate better and learn new behavior patterns in a fun, encouraging way.

What are the benefits of play therapy?

Some of the many benefits your child can experience with play therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment include:

  • Less stress
  • Less anxiety
  • More acceptable behavior patterns
  • Fewer temper tantrums
  • Improved performance at school
  • Improved quality of life
  • Enhanced communication

Play therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment is a fun, enjoyable experience for kids. It teaches them ways to express their feelings and improve behavior habits in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. 

Is play therapy right for my child?

To determine if your child is a match for play therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment, their psychologist discusses your child’s mental health history, developmental history, and current behavioral patterns. 

What happens during play therapy?

During play therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment, your child plays in a relaxing room where they feel comfortable. Therapists identify areas of concern that need attention while your child plays. Using strategic types of play, they can better understand themselves and resolve conflicts.

Your child’s play therapist may invite you to their play therapy session to stimulate additional improvements in your child’s behavior patterns and overall well-being.

If needed, their therapist could recommend additional forms of therapy for your child. They can make changes to their treatment regimen as needed to maximize your child’s quality of life. 

How often should I schedule play therapy sessions?

Every child is different, so their therapist tailors play therapy sessions and the number of sessions your child requires to achieve highly effective outcomes. They could attend play therapy sessions once per week or less often depending on their unique needs.

To learn more about play therapy at The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment and find out if it’s right for your child, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

The Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assessment
Falls Church: 
✆ Phone (appointments): 703-618-0900
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 703-618-0900
Address: 300 North Washington St., Suite 102, Falls Church, VA 22046

Old Town Alexandria: 
✆ Phone (appointments): 703-618-0900
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 703-618-0900
Address: 1414 Prince St, Suite 312, Alexandria, VA 22314