At Child Therapy Specialists, we specialize in counseling
We offer counseling for Wichita
children, parents, and families in a comfortable setting so that children can deal with their issues, thrive, and
grow to their potential. Depending on the age of the child, we
may use talk therapy, play therapy, family therapy, or a mixture of interventions. Our therapists include Registered Play Therapist - Supervisors, whose
credentials verify their extensive experience and training in working with the youngest
children. In addition to a master's degree, the standards
for Registered Play Therapist - Supervisors include academic coursework specific to children and their play, 2
years of clinical experience, and a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised play therapy
experience.We also have a special play therapy room for young children—we do not expect
children to do therapy like an adult.
Children have struggles in their lives. They are developing
fast and going through many rapid changes. They may be coping with changes in their families, schools, or
neighborhoods as well. Many times they are not able to communicate well about the things that
bother them to the people that love them. They become anxious, angry, or misbehave, and their
parents become concerned and confused, uncertain how they can help them or whether the child needs
Sometimes children get through the changes fine without
professional intervention, especially with the help of stable, supportive caregivers who know what
they need to do to help. Sometimes, however, children develop dysfunctional coping behavior
and develop issues and insecurities that leave effects that will last throughout their life if left
The most effective
time to address these issues is at the earliest possible time.
It is more effective to address the issues early than waiting and
letting them try to address these old issues and behaviors in adulthood, when the behaviors are
habitual, the emotional effects are a part of their personality and they may lack the skills needed for good
emotional control and good personal relationships which are essential for happy adult life. Therapy for
children is designed to understand and support them at their developmental level, and teach them helpful
social and emotional skills so they can grow and develop in the healthiest manner and "be all they can
Children are different
from adults and they need a special kind of therapy designed to meet their developmental
Children communicate differently and therapy for them needs to be
different than therapy for adults. Play is a part of every normal childhood and is the natural form of
communication for youngsters. The parts of the brain involved in creativie activities like drawing,
storytelling and play are directly linked to their emotions. Play can often be effectively used to enable
behavioral change even after parents, teachers, or other counselors have not had
success using logic and telling children what they need to do to change.
Why is this important? Even talkative and intelligent
children are not always developmentally able to express and work through their feelings verbally like adults.
Play therapy allows children to use their natural creativity and ability to heal in ways best suited to their
developmental level. Through the use of dolls, puppets, trucks, artwork, games and other toys, children share
their experiences and give the therapist a view of the world through their eyes.
When a child is in emotional pain, you want the
best possible care. Select a therapist with the training to give it.
Call today! (316) 440-6677 For an appointment ortelephone consultation.
What if I’m not sure if professional help
for my child is needed?
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What is a play therapist?
be a Registered Play Therapist?
Is play therapy an accepted, effective treatment
Why are some
health professionals, and even mental health professionals, not well informed about play
therapy with children?
What does the
scientific research say about play therapy?