Frequently Asked Questions
When is Sand Tray Therapy used?
Sandplay therapy is often used with those who have suffered some form of trauma, neglect, or abuse. Although sandplay is especially well suited for working with young children, who often cannot express their inner feelings in words, it is also a technique that is helpful for some teens and adults who are having trouble expressing themselves and who may have suffered some form of severe trauma. Charlett has found that in her experiences with sand tray therapy, themes become present and self expression is acknowledged and validated.
What can I expect with Sand Tray Therapy?
Sandplay therapy takes place in box-like containers referred to as sand trays. The trays are filled with sand that clients use, along with miniature toys, to create a play world that reflects some aspect of real people and real experiences in their own lives. The client chooses from a large collection of toys and builds a small “world” in the tray that reflects what is going on in their lives. The therapist observes the choice and arrangement of toys without interruption, allowing the person to find answers within themselves. After sandplay is completed, the client and therapist analyze and discuss the client’s toy choices, their arrangement pattern in the sand, and their symbolic or metaphoric meanings. Upon discussion, the client often chooses to make changes to the world they have created in sand. Sandplay therapy may consist of a single session or last as long as several years.
When is Play Therapy used?
Although sometimes used with adults, play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help children ages 3 to 12 explore their lives and freely express repressed thoughts and emotions through play. Therapeutic play normally takes place in a safe, comfortable playroom, where very few rules or limits are imposed on the child, encouraging free expression and allowing the therapist to observe the child’s choices, decisions, and play style. The goal is to help children learn to express themselves in healthier ways, become more respectful and empathetic, and discover new and more positive ways to solve problems.
What can I expect with Play Therapy?
The parent or caregiver plays an important role in play therapy for children. After conducting an initial intake interview with the parent, when the therapist collects information about the child, and, often, a separate interview with the child, the therapist can make an assessment prior to beginning treatment. An assessment allows the therapist to decide the best treatment approach for the child. In the playroom, the child is encouraged to play with toys that encourage self-expression and facilitate the learning of positive behaviors. Arts and crafts, music, dancing, storytelling, and other tools may also be incorporated into play therapy. Play therapy usually occurs in weekly sessions lasting 30 to 45 minutes each. After each play therapy session, Charlett will review identified themes to explore the child’s perspective of play.
What is the difference between Coaching and Counseling?
The difference between coaching and counseling is that coaching sets clients up with a process that may be long or short-term. In coaching, a client works with a coach in order to clarify goals and identify obstacles in order to create action plans to achieve desired results. The process of coaching takes the client’s current starting point as an acceptable neutral ground and is more action-based from that point onward. A coach enables the person receiving treatment to take control of their life and take action to steer it toward their goals. Counseling will explore, process and resolve problematic beliefs, behaviors, relationship issues, feelings and sometimes physical responses. The idea behind therapy is to focus on past traumas and issues to change self-destructive habits, repair and improve relationships and work through painful feelings. In this sense, therapy focuses on the past and on introspection and analysis, with the hope of resolving past issues and creating a happier, more stable future.
Do you accept Insurance?
No. INSURANCE IS NOT ACCEPTED. Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part, Out of Network. Upon request, a superbill (receipt) can be submitted for possible insurance reimbursement. Please contact your provider to verify if your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
Consultation: $50 (30 minutes)
Initial Intake/Assessment: $150 (90 minutes)
Youth Psychotherapy: $135 (50 minutes)
Family Psychotherapy: $150 (50 minutes)
Sand Tray Therapy: $130 (50 minutes) + cost of personal sand tray $100 (due to COVID-19)
Parent Coaching: Please contact directly for pricing
Professional Coaching: Please contact directly for pricing
We maintain a 24 hour cancellation policy, except in the case of serious illness, emergency, or weather related issues. If you do not call to cancel your appointment at least 24-hours prior to the time of your session, you will be charged the full session fee.
Do you provide Telehealth Sessions?
Due to COVID-19, Telehealth sessions can be available for teens and adults. There is not a difference in rates for telehealth sessions. Telehealth sessions are not preferred for children and teens.