Play Solutions INC.

Sherry M. Waters, MSW, LCSW, RPT

"Bird fly, fish swim, and children play." 

Garry L. Landreth, Play Therapy; The Art of the Relationship

Services Provided

Comprehensive Clinical Assessment $160.00 (60 minutes)

Individual Session $135.00 (50 minutes)

Family Session $120.00 (50 minutes)

Parent Session $65.00 (25 minutes)

Self pay $80.00 (50 minutes) due at time of service

Populations Served

Adjustment Disorders


Obsessive / Compulsive Disorder

Conduct Disorder

Attachment Issues

Foster Care and Adoption


Military Life

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Mood Disorders

EMDR and Bilateral Stimulation

Ana M. Gomez, psychotherapist, explains that EMDR therapy can help kids relieve the yucky experiences that young brains have a hard time making sense of. 

Mixed-up feelings and thoughts do not feel good in bodies, minds, and hearts and occupy kids from experiencing the present. 

"When we are so busy carrying all these bags (mixed-up feeling and thoughts), we do not have space in our hearts, minds, and bodies for the good feelings and thoughts. EMDR can help kids by making those bags smaller or even get rid of them so kids will have space for the good feelings and the good thoughts."

Traumatic experiences  and yucky thoughts are brought to conscious in conjunction with the use of bilateral stimulation.  This helps the brain to put the puzzle together and make sense of yucky thoughts and feelings so they are not as scary and confusing.  

Bilateral stimulation can be achieved with eye movements, as well as tappers, also known as buzzies, or through other creative means, like drumming or marching.  Tapping alone can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote relaxation.  

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children (Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002; O'Connor & Schaefer, 1983).

The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991).

In play therapy, toys are like the child's words and play is the child's language (Landreth, 2002). Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social deficits (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005).

How is Play Therapy Different?

Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002).

Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.

H​o​w Will Play Therapy Benefit a Child?

Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, assimilate stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters (Reddy, Files-Hall & Schaefer, 2005).

Through Play-Therapy Children Will:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problem
  • Develop respect and acceptance to self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotion
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities