Dr. Abby Halston specializes in Play Therapy, a technique most effective for children that allows free expression and a safe environment. While other techniques may be used, Play Therapy is one of the key tools that will be used to help your child.
Play Therapy is a psychotherapeutic method usually used to help children ages 3 to 12 explore their lives and freely express repressed thoughts and emotions through play. During Play Therapy, there are very few rules or limits are imposed on the child and free expression is encouraged, 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. (Psychology Today)
First created by Carl Rogers, Play Therapy was solidified by Virginia Axline in 1946 and has been a staple of children's therapy for years. Backed with research, years of use and testing, Play Therapy is highly useful and adaptable for a wide range of therapeutic purposes.