Art, Play, & Child Centered Therapy
Children’s Aid Society provides professional child-focused therapeutic services to children in York, Adams, and Franklin Counties. Our clinical staff (our family of therapists) has a wide diversity of specialized training, including play and art therapy, to meet the needs of children and adolescents. All of our therapists aim to help children and adolescents improve and enhance their ability to express themselves and to positively cope with their feelings. Individual therapy sessions take place in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment.
The children and adolescents that we serve may be facing challenges that include, but are not limited to:
- Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Transitions to and from foster care and/or adoption
- Parental separation or divorce
- Physical difficulties and cognitive challenges
- ADHD, learning, or developmental disabilities
- Feelings of depression, low-self esteem, or anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Behavioral problems or social difficulties
- Family conflict and parental relationships
- Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD
Art therapy uses psychotherapeutic techniques along with the creative process of art making to improve mental health and well being. Art therapy can be particularly useful to clients for which more traditional verbal therapies have not been successful. Because the process of art making emphasizes non-verbal self-expression, art therapy can be beneficial to the more reluctant client. Sometimes our clients say, “But I’m not an artist!”. Being “good at art” is not a pre-requisite, nor a goal, for participation in art therapy. In an art therapy session, there is no right or wrong way to be creative! The therapist assists the child/adolescent to express and identify feelings through art making and work toward developing healthy coping skills. Art therapy may include the use of drawing materials, paint, clay, collage, and plaster. For more information about Art Therapy go to www.arttherapy.org.
Play therapy uses a child’s language of imagination and play, to approach and process challenges and events in a child’s world. For children, feelings are often more accessible on a non-verbal level and play is a natural means of communication. Play therapy may include the use of sand tray, puppetry, art materials, games, and specifically selected play materials.
Children’s Aid Society currently accepts Access (Medical Assistance) at all our centers. We offer reasonable rates on a sliding scale for self-pay clients.