Play Therapy: What Helps Children with Troubles?

October 13, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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How do therapists work with very young children, including those who do not yet have all the words needed to express their problems, thoughts, and feelings? Play therapists are trained professionals who offer a safe space to systematically allow children to use their natural language (play) to resolve problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, and low self-esteem. Through the process of play therapy, the child gains a better understanding of the problem and acquires skills to better manage and cope with challenges. In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth Fong describes the concept of play therapy, discusses why play therapy is used, and shares how the process helps children resolve their issues.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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