Child Counseling and Play Therapy

What is play therapy?

Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate way of working with children by using children’s natural form of communication – play – to solve problems. Play is their language and toys are their words. We use play to help children gain insight and then to help them learn and practice new, more effective ways of being, engaging with others, and regulating their emotions.

We help kids

In utilizing child counseling and play therapy, our approach is based on building a relationship with the child based on teamwork, acceptance, trust, nurturing interactions, and attachment. I assess a child’s relationships, personality characteristics, goals of behavior and misbehavior, and perceptions of self, others, and how the world works through the lens of their experiences. This can include things like helping kids work through divorce.

We assist parents

We assess attachment relationships and use Child Parent Relationship Training to enhance relational patterns and attachment skills between caregivers and children. We very often incorporate (with both kids and adults) psychoeducation about attachment, emotional regulation, and how the brain works and affects emotions and behaviors.

Meet Loren

Loren Lomme, MA, LPC Intern

Loren Lomme, MA, LPC Intern

Supervised by Erin Pannell, Ed.D., LPC-S, RPT-S

Loren focuses on working with children and adolescents using play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art techniques and is currently working toward her Registered Play Therapist certification as well as full LPC licensure.

Although she works mostly with children, adolescents, and families, she has experience working with adults as well using traditional talk therapy and sand tray therapy. She focuses on issues including but not limited to: behavior difficulties; problems interacting or getting along with others; difficulty managing anger, sadness, frustration, and/or anxiety; and difficulty dealing with a loss/grief, parents’ divorce, siblings, or another significant life change or transition.

Meet Fiona

Fiona Ryon, LCSW

Fiona Ryon, LCSW

Counselor, Children, Families, and Adults

Fiona Knight Ryon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with 19 years of experience working with children and their families. She enjoys working with children, teens, adults and alongside parents as they strive to improve and understand their relationship with their child/children. She has extensive knowledge about the power of Play Therapy and how this treatment approach builds on and supports the normal communicative and learning process of children. Using the Nurtured Heart Approach parenting framework as a foundation she strives to create an individual plan to meet your child’s counseling goals. Fiona takes a strengths-based approach to all of her work and believes that within all of us lies a greatness that only needs to be accessed and nurtured.

Areas of expertise

Grades
Getting along with peers
Positive coping mechanisms
Preventing outbursts
Working through difficult events

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