Kathy is the founder of Healing with Play, LLC and also owns Blue Sparrow Psychological Associates. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), and Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) in Pennsylvania with over a dozen years of clinical experience. Kathy specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults, particularly those affected by significant loss or trauma. Kathy utilizes structured evidence-based treatments, such as CBT, TF-CBT, and mindfulness and is able to tailor treatment to the unique needs of young children by integrating the use of sand, art, infant massage, and play therapy.
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Learning to regulate big emotions is a skill that does not come easily to young children. Because children often do not have the capacity to understand or communicate underlying emotions, their feelings often spill out in their behavior. Therefore, a large part of treatment at Healing with Play is focused on helping children to understand the full range of emotions are experiencing, to learn how to effectively label and express them to a trusted adult, and to discover strategies for calming their overwhelmed mind and body.
Many children experience symptoms associated with stressful or traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are just a few emotions that can linger following a significant loss or trauma. Healing wtih Play can help your family overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Research shows that caregiver involvement in treatment is one of the leading predictors in terms of a child's recovery or success in treatment. This makes sense, given that a healthy parent-child relationship is a critical factor in a child's longterm health outcomes. Our services at Healing with Play are typically short-term, solution-focused, and skills-based. At the end of treatment, the child and caregiver will leave with a tool bag of skills and strategies.
For that reason, families attending treatment at Healing with Play are asked to be prepared to participate actively in their child's treatment.
"Toys are children's words and play is their language." - Garry Landreth.
Children don't have the capacity to abstract the way that adults can, so they aren't developmentally able to benefit from talk therapy alone. Healing with Play owner, Kathy Miller, became a Registered Play Therapist because she wanted to provide treatment to children in their language. Play is the natural way in which children of all ages communicate, resolve conflicts, problem solve, experiment, and develop new skills.
The use of Infant Massage has been proven to elicit measurable increases in oxytocin and other "feel good" chemicals in the brain for both the child and the parent (along with a host of other benefits for infants in terms of weight gain and overall development). Research shows that the use of positive touch and massage can promote attachment in cases where there has been disrupted attachment due to postpartum depression, adoption, or early trauma.
Children and families affected by early loss or trauma have a unique set of needs. Healing with Play owner, Kathy Miller, has extensive training and expertise in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents affected by a wide range of traumas, and is certified in the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
Kathy is a trained evaluator with extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations documenting the impact of trauma on refugees and immigrants seeking political asylum and other forms of relief. We are able to accommodate most spoken languages, by teaming up with experienced interpreters.
Rates are typically based on an hourly rate, with the exception of Psychological Evaluations, which are procedure based. We are not in network with any insurances, but can provide a receipt for possible reimbursement. On a limited basis, we do provide a reduced sliding scale for families who demonstrate a financial hardship.
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