Why is Play Therapy Helpful for Children ages 3-12 years old?

play-therapyPlay therapy is helpful for children because it uses play situations for diagnosing and treatment. A play therapist observes a child playing with toys to determine the cause of the presenting behavior. The toys and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the play therapist are used to understand the underlying reasons for behavior both inside and outside of the play therapy session.

Play is important because it is more internally motivated and reflects the reality of the child. Specifically, it helps the child express his/her feelings, explore relationships, tell about experiences, express wishes, develop social skills, and learn self-mastery skills so that he/she can grow into a happier more well-adjusted person.

Lifeline's play therapists will work with children and the following difficulties:

• Adjusting to family changes
• Making friends
• Excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry
• Aggression and acting out
• School difficulties
• ADD and ADHD
• Abuse and Neglect
• Social adjustment issues
• Sleeping and eating difficulties
• Self-image and self-esteem
• Trauma
• Grief and Loss
• Chronic illness/hospitalizations
• Physical symptoms w/o medical cause
• Bonding and attachment
• Foster care, adoption and identity
• Selective mutism

For more information, see our printable Play Therapy FAQ.

At Lifeline Christian Counseling Center we have four registered play therapists to work with your child. During the intake process you will be matched up with a therapist based on the need of your child, your insurance if you choose to utilize it, and availability of the therapist. They are as follows:

Ginger Brown
Stacy Johnson
Roxanne Quinn
Denise Weller


The first goal is to assess where the "pain" seems to be. Is the pain the grief from the loss of a loved one? The fear of a divorce? An addiction that is out of control? An affair that has broken the trust in a couple's relationship? A child that is "acting out" behaviors that cannot be addressed within the family? The lack of coupleself-esteem brought on by the loss of a job or a broken relationship? The adjustments required due to a life-threatening illness such as cancer or heart disease? These are just a few examples of some of the key issues that families need the help of a therapist to address. Along with the verbal assessment done with the family on the first visit there is also a written assessment which can be down loaded and printed off as a PDF file. Families coming to counseling for the first time with Lifeline Christian Counseling Center will need to fill out the new client information form. Doing so prior to your appointment will help make best use of our time together.

After the central problem is identified, there are a number of goals that may be achieved which will assist in the healing process. Of course each family or couple would have their own goals, but here is a sampling of goals that might emerge:

• Couples' and families' communication skills improved
• Relationships repaired
• Mindful understanding of family dynamics
• Spiritual enrichment
• The Passion for life is repaired

At Lifeline Christian Counseling Center, we have a number of therapists that can help couples and families achieve their goals.  For more information, see our printable FAQ that answers questions like "What is the difference between Couple's therapy, Marriage Therapy, Family Therapy and Pre-marriage preparation?"

Men's Concerns

counseling-for-menSometimes, men get stuck. They have a tendency to stuff things down and hope that those issues will eventually go away, or somehow just resolve themselves in time. Men also have a natural desire to fix things quickly on their own. Sometimes there is no quick fix, and in doing that, problems can get worse rapidly. At Lifeline Christian Counseling Center we have several therapists able to help men with intimacy, communication, and in other issues listed.

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Communication
• Sexual addictions
• Stress
• Anger and domestic violence
• School difficulties
• Parenting issues
• Marriage enrichment
• Prepare and Enrich assessments
• Conflict resolution


Women's Concerns

therapy-for-womenThe world of a woman is so full. Whether you have a partner or not, are a mother or not, are employed or not, you have so much on which you are focused. There are facets about your physical health that puzzle you, as well as how they might affect your emotional well-being, and vice versa. You may have begun to wonder if there are lingering effects of invisible wounds or even patterns you observed in others earlier in your life that interfere in your current life, even into significant relationships or how you feel about yourself.

At Lifeline Christian Counseling Center we have several therapists able to help you address many of the following concerns, some who specialize in particular areas:

• stress management
• body image; weight management
• goals for life and how to accomplish them
• self-esteem
• relationships and how to navigate them at various stages
• recognizing abusive interactions and how to handle them differently
• grief and loss
• single parenting
• communication and healthier boundaries
• peri-menopausal and menopausal physical health and how each can affect your emotional well-being, as well as how to improve both
• having abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) as part of one's life previously; learning how to recognize its effects and what to do differently

At Lifeline Christian Counseling Center, adolescents experience a non-judgmental and confidential environment where they feel free to express themselves and learn skills that empower them to reach their fullest potential. The numerous challenges, pressures, and expectations adolescents face today may seem insurmountable and teenscounseling is where they find the support, compassion, and advocacy they need to no longer feel alone.
Adolescents (13-17) seek counseling services for a variety of reasons that may include:

• depression
• anxiety
• stress
• bullying
• self-harming behaviors
• abuse
• grief
• relationships
• identity issues
• self-esteem