Play is the natural language children use to communicate and is essential to their healthy development. It provides a developmentally appropriate way of expressing their thoughts and feelings. Play also provides children with a platform to explore relationships, make sense of experiences, and develop new coping strategies.
In the play room, with the support of a caring and trusted therapist, a child uses the toys and other material provided to express their inner world.
There are many modalities of play therapy, however the methods used at Little Village Play Therapy are Synergetic Play Therapy and NSST (Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray).
Synergetic Play Therapy (SPT)
Synergetic Play Therapy (SPT) is a researched-informed model of play therapy grounded mainly in neuroscience, attachment theory, mindfulness and therapist authenticity.
SPT is a therapy model that allows the therapist to connect with the child and support them through whatever challenge they may be experiencing at a deeply authentic level.
Using the toys the child expresses their feelings/emotions and the therapist is able to model new ways of regulating or overcoming the challenge, which creates new neuropathways in the brain.
NSST is a model of play therapy developed by Dr. Madeleine De Little which combines Traditional Sand Tray Therapy, Transformational Systemic Therapy, and Neuroscience.
"With the development of a strong therapeutic relationship children use the toys as metaphors for their feelings and experiences and are able to recognize the special gifts of his/her presenting defensive behaviours. With the support of the therapist the child is then able to transform these no-longer useful defiance/coping states into a more integrated/balanced authentic self" (Where Words Can’t Reach, p.4, 2019).
At Little Village there are two options for service and determining which is right for you and your family will be discussed during the initial intake process.
There are two possible options:
Option 1: 1 hour therapy session @ $130
Option 2: 45 minute therapy session @ $110
Amy also offers Caregiver Consultations to provide additional education and strategies to caregivers who feel they would benefit from additional support. Further details about caregiver consultations, including the length of sessions offered and fees charged, will be discussed during the intake process.
Payment can be made via cash, cheque or etransfer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are unable to make it to your scheduled appointment, 24 hour notice is required to avoid being charged.
Amy is also a registered counsellor with the Criminal Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) and is happy to discuss what information is needed to ensure you receive any benefits this program may offer. Please let Amy know if you have a file with CVAP during the intake process. In addition to CVAP, Amy is open to working with other third party funding options in order to help make her services accessible. If this applies to you, please don't hesitate to inquire about this during the intake process.
Little Village works with these
including any form of abuse or neglect, being subject to intense and invasive medical procedures, natural disaster, grief and loss, illness.
including the ability to manage and communicate feelings of anger and aggression, excessive fear and worry, big feelings of sadness or depression, ADD/ADHD and other neurobiological disorders or sensory processing disorders, lack of body awareness.
Difficult life changes
including a change in living situation or being removed from a primary caregiver, a divorce or separation, or the loss of a loved one.
Complex family dynamics
including blended families, a family member who struggles with addiction or mental health concerns.
including having difficulty making friends, isolation, increasing self-esteem and confidence, difficulty at school or in other social settings