At Renovation Counseling, our specialty is relationships. Your child matters to us. You matter to us. And most importantly, your relationship with your child matters to us.
There are clinical disorders – and many kids need extra support to manage their symptoms. But at Renovation Counseling, we look beyond the symptoms to the child: what is underlying their behavior, and how can we reach them there to help you and your child find lasting change? We believe kids thrive when they feel loved, secure, and connected with their family – just like you do.
When kids feel disconnected or out of sorts, they use what they know: which often looks like a myriad of behavioral difficulties: tantrums, being extra sensitive or too aggressive, obstinence, disobedience, ADHD symptoms, trouble at school or with friends…the list goes on. They have not yet developed the brain capacity to express how they are feeling or what is going on underneath the surface of the behaviors you are noticing. That is where play therapy at Renovation Counseling can help.
Kelle provides a warm and safe environment for children to express what is happening for them through the use of play. Through the process of play therapy, the behavioral issues get addressed and children, along with their parents, learn how to better relate to one another, develop skills to manage big feelings, and meet other goals you may have for your child.
At Renovation Counseling, we do not bill insurance. Insurance companies require therapists to diagnose children, which is not always necessary or helpful for your child. By utilizing our private pay services, you can protect your child from unneeded labels and get to the root of what is causing the symptoms you’re noticing – without an insurance company dictating your child’s care. We believe that partnering with you as the parent – and not the insurance company – provides the best opportunity to help you and your child meet your therapeutic goals while also protecting your family’s privacy. We are happy to accept Flex Spending or HSA cards to pay for services, which in most cases do not require a diagnosis for your child. For more on payment/insurance, click here.
What is Play Therapy?
Play is a child’s first and natural language, and as such, Play Therapy parallels traditional “talk therapy” for adults. The toys become a child’s words – a window into their inner world, their thoughts and feelings. The toys act as a lens through which we can understand and begin to work through the stressors they are experiencing. Children are naturally driven toward growth and healing; play therapy offers an approach that guides them toward those natural processes, so that they may find understanding and healing in the difficulties they are experiencing.
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based and research-backed approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning process of children. It is the most developmentally appropriate and successful form of therapy for children ages 3 to 12 years old. Through this process, the therapist can help the child learn adaptive behaviors, as well as provide a safe and corrective emotional experience to promote healing and resolution.
What does Play therapy help with?
Play therapy can help reduce symptoms of many difficulties, including but not limited to:
- Academic underachievement
- Anger management
- Adoption/attachment difficulties
- Defiance and oppositional behavior
- Depression and sadness
- Isolation or withdrawal
- Medical traumas
- Physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect
- Relationship conflicts.
What do children learn?
- To respect and accept themselves.
- That their feelings are acceptable.
- To express their feelings responsibly.
- To assume responsibility for themselves.
- To be creative and resourceful in confronting problems.
- To make choices and to be responsible for their own choices.
Landreth, G. (2012). Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship.
Types of Play Therapy offered
Kelle holds a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of MN. She has extensive training in early childhood development and mental health, family systems, and play therapy techniques and models.
Kelle utilizes an experiential, systemic and play based approach to therapy, and works through the relationship with the family to help elicit change.
To learn more about Kelle, click over to her full bio.