Playful Therapy and Counseling

My Practice
Playful Therapy & Counseling

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I work with children, adolescents, and adults who frequently experience one or more of the following difficulties: grief, loss, aggression, attention issues, learning problems, sensory integration, outbursts, social withdrawal, attachment and developmental issues, trauma, PTSD, fighting, fearfulness, impulsiveness, illness, school issues, divorce/ separation, anxiety, depression, transitions, and other difficulties.

I also appreciate the opportunity to work with adolescents and adults wanting to explore their relationships, personal growth, and process.

What is Play Therapy?
Play therapy is a theoretical approach that builds on normal communicative and learning processes of children and can help children play out their internal struggles. During the play therapy session, the child expresses himself/herself through dramatic and imaginary play, art and sand. As I become the supportive facilitator in the child’s process, we work in tandem, helping the child to explore his/her experience. An emphasis is focused on gaining a better understanding of the child’s emotional challenges and working towards improving the child’s sense of well-being.

Here are some ways that I approach working with adolescents and adults:

What are Mindfulness Based Approaches?
Mindfulness based approaches teach us to be in the present moment, evoking an ongoing cultivation of holding to and letting go. Noticing and recognizing our senses creates inner and outer awareness. Mindfulness teaches the individual to observe what arises through experience, without being judgmental or overly analytical. Play and art are some ways that I integrate mindfulness into my practice encouraging coping skills to deal with what ever struggles may come up.
What is Gestalt Therapy?

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“The basic thesis of gestalt theory might be formulated thus: There are contexts in which what is happening in the whole cannot be deduced from the characteristics of the separate pieces, but conversely; what happens to a part of the whole is, in clearcut cases, determined by the laws of the inner structure of its whole.”
-Max Wertheimer, Gestalt theory, Social Research, 11 (translation of lecture at the Kant
Society, Berlin, 1924).
What is a Process Oriented Approach?
When we can approach our difficulties with curiosity and respect, we become more open to healing from our pain. Through this process, we gain valuable insight into our self-development, relationships and experiences. An enhanced understanding and ability to allow ourselves to feel and understand our experiences can influence a renewed excitement in living and self-growth.
“Jocelyn Durant was a fantastic 1:1 mentor and guide for our son with Autism Spectrum Disorder as he was trying to negotiate the public school system in first grade. She spent months at school with our son and had a profound impact on his ability to grasp what was happening in his body/mind and to self-regulate in positive ways, rather than negative ones. Jocelyn is completely trustworthy, honest, extremely understanding and kind.
–Parent