Play Therapy for Children

Play therapy is a structured, research-supported approach that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. Family Innovations is proud to offer play therapy in our Minneapolis area locations.  An innovative and positive breakthrough in therapy, this approach (offered by our registered play therapists) helps children in many ways.

Through play therapy children can:

  • Become more responsible for their behaviors
  • Develop more successful strategies
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotion
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for the thoughts and feelings of others
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with their families
  • Develop self-efficacy and confidence in their abilities

Play therapy may also be used to promote cognitive development and provide insight about and resolution of inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking in the child. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. The average course of treatment is twenty play therapy sessions.

  • Play therapy benefits children of all ages, but is especially appropriate for ages 3 through 12
  • Families are an important part of the healing process
  • This special therapy allows for an experiential role play of life skills vital to success and healing
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Play Therapists in Minneapolis at Family Innovations

  • Sarah ColemanSarah Coleman - MA, LMFT, RPT-S
    Therapist - Anoka

    Sarah completed her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University of MN.  She also completed a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and received her certificate at St. Mary’s University of MN.  She has been licensed with the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2006. Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University of MN in the Marriage and Family program.  Her courses focusing on teaching Play Therapy, working with children and their families, and trauma recovery for children.  Sarah enjoys working with individuals, children, adolescents and families.  She has extensive experience with children and Play Therapy.  She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and has served on the Board of Directors on the MN Association of Play Therapy.  She specializes with children who have experienced traumatic events, including yet not exclusive to sexual abuse, physical and verbal abuse, domestic violence, adoption and medical issues, and their children. 

    Special areas of interest:

    • Domestic Violence Survivors
    • Blended Family
    • Divorce Recovery
    • Adoption Issues/Reactive Attachment Disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Parenting
    • Relationship/Marriage Issues
    • School Difficulties
    • Family Communication/Conflict
    • Sibling Rivalry
    • Self-esteem
    • Grief and Loss

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # 1504
    • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
    • Association for Play Therapy Approved Supervisor
    • Associated for Play Therapy Approved Education Provider
    • Clinical Member: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member: MN Association for Marriage and and Family Therapy
    • Somatic Experiencing – Year 1 completed

     

  • Lindsey JohnsonLindsey Johnson - MA, LMFT, RPT
    Therapist - Eden Prairie

    Lindsey received her Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of MN, and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2011. She has been a Registered Play Therapist since 2011. Lindsey enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She is very relational in her approach and wants to help you gain understanding and tools to help with the difficulties that are affecting you or your family. She is passionate about her clinical work with children and families, and is available to assist clients with a variety of concerns.

     




    Special areas of interest:

    • Anxiety/Depression/Perfectionism
    • Behavioral Issues-Child or Adolescent
    • Communication & Conflict Resolution
    • Divorce for kids
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Grief and Loss
    • GLBTQ
    • Life Transitions
    • Oppositional Defiance
    • Parenting issues
    • Peer relationships
    • Phobias
    • Play Therapy
    • PTSD/Trauma
    • TF-CBT

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2245
    • Registered Play Therapist #T-1793
    • Clinic Member: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Member: Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Independent Facilitator of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ curriculum
  • Meghan SwensonMeghan Swenson - MA, LMFT, RPT
    Clinical Supervisor & Therapist - Centerville

    Meghan completed her Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University, and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2011. She has also been working as a Registered Play Therapist since 2011. Meghan is currently finishing up a graduate certificate at the University of Minnesota in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and will soon begin training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence based therapy for children age birth – three with traumatic exposure.  Meghan enjoys working with young children and their families and has extensive experience in working with young children and their families. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care.  She is highly trained in early childhood mental health, and is able to provide reflective consultation to agencies and programs seeking to enhance their own ability to work with young children. 

    Special areas of interest:

    • Early Childhood Mental Health
    • Attachment Issues/Concern
    • Parent/Child Conflict
    • Trauma
    • Behavior Concerns

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2038
    • Registered Play Therapist
    • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Trained
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Trained in the DC:0-3R - Diagnostic Assessments for young children
    • PREPARE/ENRICH Certified
  • Sarah Coleman
  • Lindsey Johnson
  • Meghan Swenson
  • Sarah Coleman – MA, LMFT, RPT-S
  • Lindsey Johnson – MA, LMFT, RPT
  • Meghan Swenson – MA, LMFT, RPT