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Research has found play therapy to be an effective therapeutic approach for a variety of children’s difficulties including:

•  Adjusting to family changes such as separation/divorce, change in school or home, adoption/foster care placement/new addition to family
•  Making friends
•  Excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry and shyness
•  Aggression and acting out
•  School difficulties
•  ADD and ADHD
•  Abuse and neglect
•  Social adjustment issues
•  Sleeping and eating difficulties
•  Self concept and self esteem
•  Trauma
•  Grief and loss
•  Chronic illness/hospitalization
•  Physical symptoms without medical cause
•  Bonding and Attachment issues
•  Foster, adoption and identity issues


Individual Therapy for Adults 

Individual adult therapy can also help adults find ways to enhance their personal support system and improve relationships with themselves and others. Some common adult challenges include:

  • Depression

  • Processing and healing after trauma, grief, or loss

  • Managing anger and anxiety

  • Finding and cultivating satisfying, healthy intimate relationships

  • Exploring and embracing major life changes, such as marriage or parenthood

  • Enhancing self knowledge and communicating your needs clearly and genuinely

  • Cultivating your empathy, to comprehend what is going on in someone else's mind

  • Reflecting on what you truly value and formulating realistic ways to live by your values

  • Changing long held assumptions and trying new behavior

  • Finding a personal path to healing that is effective and best for you

What do all of those letters and acronyms mean? This glossary provides concise, relevant information about the services LCFD offers and the clinical certifications that each therapist may possess.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) . To qualify as an LPC or LCSW, an individual must possess a graduate degree, complete advanced training, garner extensive clinical work experience, and pass a state-certified licensing examination. Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS) is able to provide clinical supervision for LCMHC candidates.

Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Registered Play Therapists-Supervisors (RPT-S) are state licensed clinical mental health practitioners who have completed additional clinical supervision, advanced and specialized training, and direct clinical hours related to play therapy practice. Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) are able to provide clinical supervision for those seeking to earn their RPT. 

Glossary of Services & Acronyms


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