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CHILD AND PLAY THERAPIST

Like every developmental stage, childhood and adolescence can be challenging. In addition to the difficulties brought by these stages themselves, difficult life events, the transfer of family patterns from the past to children and young people through parenting attitudes, etc., can become difficult for young people and their families as well as their children. In such cases, the individual counseling process for children and adolescents ensures that the children's troubles are transferred to their future processes and that the child continues the process more strongly without adding new negative and challenging moments.

Our work with children and adolescents in our center is applied as Child-centered Play therapy (ÇMOT) and EMDR therapy with Children and Adolescents to carry out studies on challenging life events experienced by children.

What is Emdr Therapy with Children and Adolescents? What does it do?

EMDR therapy application with children and adolescents can be carried out with individuals between the ages of 0-18. EMDR is a psychotherapy method used to heal the negative experiences that the individual has experienced, witnessed and transferred to him, as well as the accompanying negative emotions, negative body sensations and negative thoughts.

EMDR is a trauma focused therapy method. EMDR therapy is to provide desensitization by reprocessing the memories of the past, desensitization to stimuli that cause daily discomfort, and to establish a new perspective with the positive beliefs and emotions that the client has gained in the face of similar problems in the future.

  • Areas where EMDR can be studied with children:

  • Trauma

  • Emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety, fear

  • Depression

  • Connecting issues

  • ADHD

  • Performance enhancement

  • Psychosomatic disorders

  • Loss

  • Behavioral disorders

EMDR therapy with children and adolescents is continued with weekly meetings and 45-minute sessions. In possible cases, the process is individually revised according to the needs of the child.

In our center, EMDR therapy process with children and adolescents is carried out collectively with child-centered play therapy, Satir transformational and systemic family therapy methods.

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What is play therapy? What is it good for?

Words are not very meaningful for children, the language of communication of children is play.

Play therapy is the process of systematically benefiting from the healing power of play, conducted by a trained play therapist, to help children solve their psychosocial problems and support their ideal development. In play therapy, in a special room where there are toys that express certain symbols, children can express themselves easily with games and toys, and it proceeds as a process that finds solutions to their problems together with the therapist. Play therapy offers children a safe environment where they can be themselves and reveal their true nature. In this environment, the metaphors that the child creates in his own imaginary play mirror the troubles and traumas he has experienced in his real life. They take steps to face the challenging situation within the safe space of play therapy. Under the witness of a reliable play therapist who accepts and reflects his feelings unconditionally, he begins to make an effort to heal by revealing the most fragile and vulnerable parts of his inner world through play. In this process, which provides the solution of problems, the relationship between the therapist and the child is therapeutic.

The therapeutic aspects of play therapy;

  • It allows to communicate with the child.

  • It develops the child's coping skills.

  • It accelerates development.

  • It allows children to express themselves.

  • It provides emotional release.

  • Provides a secure connection experience

  • Improves productivity.

  • It allows to rehearse the truth.

  • It facilitates access to the subconscious-unconscious.

  • It helps to end emotional behavior problems.

EMDR therapy with children and adolescents is continued with weekly meetings and 45-minute sessions. In possible cases, the process is individually revised according to the needs of the child.

In our center, EMDR therapy process with children and adolescents is carried out collectively with child-centered play therapy, Satir transformational and systemic family therapy methods.

What problems are usually worked on?

Play therapy is defined as a therapy method in which children's psycho-social problems are treated using the healing power of play. The most preferred age group for play therapy, which can be applied to different age groups such as infants, children and adolescents, is the age group of 3-12. It is aimed to develop children's problem-solving skills and reach their psychological well-being with play therapy techniques, which are prepared considering the developmental periods they are in.

Play therapies are used in the treatment of many psychological disorders. Common in preschool period;

  • childhood depression

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,

  • attachment problems,

  • childhood traumas,

  • anxiety disorders,

  • Behavioral disorders (bed-wetting, nail biting, hair pulling, pooping, etc.),

  • post traumatic stress disorder,

  • Adjustment to school and behavior problems at school,

  • Loss and mourning

  • Compelling situations that occur during and after the divorce process,

  • domestic violence,

  • child abuse,

EMDR therapy with children and adolescents is continued with weekly meetings and 45-minute sessions. In possible cases, the process is individually revised according to the needs of the child.

In our center, EMDR therapy process with children and adolescents is carried out collectively with child-centered play therapy, Satir transformational and systemic family therapy methods.

What is the Child Centered Play Therapy process like?

Child-centered play therapy focuses on the child's capacity for self-healing. Before starting the play therapy process, without contacting the child with the applicant family about the problems experienced by the child, the therapist conducts an interview with the family and takes a detailed life history. During this interview, if the method the child needs is thought to be play therapy, information about the process is shared with the family and contact is made with the child. Play therapy usually progresses by conducting 45-minute meetings, 1 session per week.

Although the play therapy process is generally thought to be in contact with the child, interviews with the family are carried out at intervals organized by the therapist, so that both the home environment and the child's process are listened to from the eyes and language of the family, and they are strengthened in parenting attitudes that the family has difficulty with.

Child Centered (CMOT) play therapy is a long-term but functional process that requires continuity.

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