Play Therapy

 Willow Creek Counseling uses a type of Play Therapy for children 3-11 years known as Experiential Play Therapy. Experiential Play Therapy® is a model of play therapy that allows for the child to be the director of their own therapy.  Only the child knows their particular perceptions of their life’s dilemmas.   In this play therapy process, the child is able to use toys and metaphors as well as their own creativity to recreate their unique experience in a safe and non-judgmental environment that allows them to approach their struggles at their own pace so that they are able to regain the power that has been lost in the actual event or environment. The play therapist becomes a partner in the child’s quest, assuming whatever role the child requests. This play is active, as the child and therapist work together to expel the stress of the experience and empower the child to move forward.

 

   

 

“Confronting their emotional pain, children repeatedly re-approach the memories of their experiences in the stages of development in which they occurred, in an effort to resolve trauma and master emotional responses in play sessions. The child regains a sense of empowerment, reframing the intense emotions associated with the traumatic experience and replacing it with a restored internal sense of well- being”.

-Byron and Carol Norton, 1997

Professional Therapy Offered

  • Play Therapy
  • Diagnostic Assessments
  • Rule 79's
  • Crisis Assessments
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Individual, Couples & Family Counseling
  • EAP Counseling
  • Substance Abuse/Disorder Counseling

 

 

 

 

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Typical Client Issues Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Substance Abuse/Dependency
  • Parenting Issues
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Mental Health concerns including Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Life Coaching/Empowerment
  • Personality Disorders
  • Codependency
  • Trauma Issues
  • Work Stress
  • LGBTQ Issues

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Hours of Operation

Counseling appointments are available Monday - Friday, both day and evenings times are available for your convenience.

Please call us for an appointment at:

(320) 354-4200

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