Child Counseling & Play Therapy

Specialized therapy for children's unique needs.

Our child therapists can help your child and family thrive.

Your child deserves the opportunity to thrive!

Child counseling can help your child’s developing brain effectively process emotion, make sense of the world around them, and engage in helpful coping behaviors. Our play therapists specialize in working with children ages 2-12, and are skilled in interventions and approaches designed for kids.

Identifying root issues and teaching them new skills will help your child tackle challenges and thrive as they develop and grow. Our goal is to help you better understand and connect with your child, as we work together to solve behavior and emotional problems.

If you’re going through a difficult time, counseling is a great way to solve those problems in a way that brings you closer with your child!

Child therapy and play therapy can help the whole family.

 The family is a critical part of the therapy process. While our therapists often work one-on-one with children, parents and other family members are invited to participate in counseling as well. Your therapist may suggest new parenting strategies proven to be effective, and designed to support your child’s needs.

Does my child need a pediatric therapist?

If you’re wondering if now is the right time for your child to start therapy, consider some common concerns that indicate counseling would be helpful for your child.

Common reasons to start child counseling and play therapy:

  • withdrawing or shutting down emotionally
  • emotional dysregulation
  • acting out
  • bullying
  • falling behind in school
  • school refusal
  • experiencing anxiety, depression, or
  • avoidance

These behaviors are ways children show us they are having a tough time coping on their own. We can help you identify the best fit for your child.

Child Counseling helped me see the ways I could best support my son when he was anxious. And our therapist gently coached him through conquering his fears. He was like a different kid when we finished therapy! 

What is play therapy?

Children learn to understand the world and their place in it through play. Since children do not have the language skills adult do, toys can help children express and process their innermost feelings and thoughts.
In play therapy, our child therapists help your children learn:
  • To take more responsibility for certain behaviors
  • Develop coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills
  • Empathy and respect for self and others
  • Learning to experience and express feelings 
  • Stronger social skills
  • Stronger family relationships

A highly trained and skilled play therapist provides an environment where a child feels safe to play out their concerns. Our play therapy room is filled with toys that are carefully selected to facilitate creative and emotional expression from children. Children enjoy stepping into a space designed for them that includes puppets, art supplies, games, sand trays, play houses, and more.

We love to hear kids laughing in session and excited to come back. But don’t be fooled – play therapy is often hard work for children! They are able to access and move through emotional processes, often facing very difficult feelings and issues and experience the support of the therapist during these new experiences.

Meet Our Child Therapists in Indianapolis

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Want to Learn More About Play Therapy in Ohio or Indiana?

We want to make finding a child therapist in Ohio and Indiana easy. To get your child into counseling or play therapy, the process to get started is simple! Just follow these three steps:

More ThrivePointe Counseling Services Near Cincinnati and Indianapolis

As a practice, we value treating the whole family’s needs. So, at our various ThrivePointe locations in IndianapolisWhitestown, Greenwood, Blue Ash and Liberty Township, we can serve you. We provide adult counselingcouples counselingteen counselingfamily counseling and christian counselingOur team cares about you and wants to be a part of your thriving life. Learn more and call us today!

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