Saturday, February 25, 2012

An idea for bedtime

I often give homework assignments to my families for bed time.  For some reason kids are more talkative at bedtime.  Maybe it is their way of procrastinating going to sleep, or maybe their minds review the day and they are open to talking about it.  For whatever reason, I encourage parents to create a bed time routine that includes mutual sharing time during tuck ins. 

Here is a blog that gives ideas of simple questions you could ask, but you could also think of many on your own.

Have fun and play

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What you can expect in counseling

Some people are nervous or unsure of what counseling will look like.  Each therapist is going to be a little different, but at Necessary Play here are some things that you can expect when you are first getting started:
1) a comfortable, confidential office space
2) there is a couch, but also chairs, tables, play space, and office space.  When working with kids and families, we rarely just sit on couches :)
3) an open, non-judgemental, safe space
4) an opportunity for change and growth
5) a place to gain resources and skills to take with you outside of the office space

Deciding to come to counseling is a tough decision for many.  It often means admitting to yourself that you need assistance.  However, it does not mean that you are horrible, stupid, or crazy.  I remind others, and myself, that we are quick to go to the doctor when we need medication or advice on our physical health, so why should our mental and emotional health be any different.  I hope that you consider counseling and the possibilities for change.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Set up an appointment

Thank you for considering Necessary Play.

You can contact Necessary Play by phone and/or email:

*I offer a free 30 minute consultation where we meet and get to know each other.  I believe that it is important for us to make sure that we are a good fit before we begin treatment.

*After you and I decide that we are ready to move forward and set up counseling, we will have an intake session to gather history and information.  Then we will set up individual and family sessions based on the treatment plan.


108 E Central Ave.
(On the square, above Table Mesa)
Bentonville, AR 72712

About Me

Licensed Associate Counselor, Licensed Assoicate Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist