What Is Play Therapy?
Play is a child’s natural language. Toys can be viewed as a child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Moreover, play is a fun, enjoyable activity that expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). Play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for success.
The healing powers inherent in play are used to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. Through this process, therapists help children learn adaptive behaviors so they can cope with emotional problems or deficits. The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy is the basis for emotional healing.
Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.
How Will Play Therapy Benefit My Child?
Play therapy is implemented as a treatment of choice in mental health, school, agency, developmental, hospital, residential, and recreational settings, with clients of all ages, but particularly with ages 3 to 12.
It is used for anger management, grief and loss issues, divorce and family dissolution, crisis and trauma, for modification of behavioral disorders (anxiety, depression, ADHD), or pervasive developmental disorders, academic and social deficits, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.
Moreover, it has been shown to be effective for emotional trauma related to hospitalization, chronic illness, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters.
How Long Does Play Therapy Take?
Each play therapy session varies in length but usually last about 30 to 50 minutes. Sessions are usually held weekly or bi-weekly. Research suggests that it takes an average of 20 play therapy sessions to resolve the problems of the typical child referred for treatment. Of course, some children may improve much faster while more serious or ongoing problems may take longer to resolve.
How Does Sandtray Therapy Work?
Sandtray therapy uses an extensive collection of miniature objects, sand and water. The client is invited to create a world in the sandtray by making patterns in the sand or by placing objects into the sandtray in any configuration that he or she desires.
Individuals are encouraged to play with the sand however they wish. Through the process of digging or building or creating geographies, or making worlds with objects and figures, the therapist is able to understand the conscious and unconscious dilemmas, fears, hopes, and dreams of the client. The outcome is often a feeling of revelation and truth for the client. “This is how it is. This is just what it is like for me.”
Why Use Sandtray Therapy?
Just as a picture can say more than a thousand words, a figure or scene can express feelings, emotions and conflicts that previously had no verbal language. Without having to depend on words, clients can increase their capacity for expression through the sandtray. Self-awareness and communication are enhanced by this process because, once the scene is visible, the client is able to “see” and verbalize what he or she is internally experiencing.
Wellsprings works with various insurance plans to assist our clients. However, clients are responsible for any fees not covered by their insurance plan.
All fees, including co-payments are payable at the time service is rendered. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks, and cash. We can arrange a payment schedule if needed. If you have billing questions, you may call Judy at (706) 246-0733 or email her.
Note: if your insurance provider is not listed on this page, payment is due at the time the services are rendered, and you will be responsible for filing with your insurance company. We will be happy to provide you with a billing statement of services rendered.
Beverly J. Oxley, Ph.D.: Medicaid, Wellcare, Amerigroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, United Health Care PPO, Tri-Care, Humana, and others.
Jan Holland, LPC: Wellcare, Amerigroup; special fees for group therapy Sliding scale fees available for others or for no insurance.
Blake Rackley, Psy.D.: Medicaid, Wellcare, Amerigroup Sliding scale fees available for others or for no insurance.
Sean Williamson, LCSW: Wellcare, Amerigroup, Tricare, Medicare Sliding scale fees available for others or for no insurance.
Wellsprings is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 to 1 on Friday. If you have an emergency after these hours, please go to your nearest hospital or call 911.
Making an Appointment
You may call 706-246-0733 during office hours to schedule an appointment. All counseling sessions are by appointment only.
Your First Visit
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early on your first visit so that all paperwork can be completed. Bring your medical insurance card, pertinent medical records, prior psychological test reports, and any rating scales or questionnaires given to you duri ng your initial scheduling visit.
Canceling or Rescheduling Appointments
Counseling is most effective when appointments are kept consistently. It is our pledge to honor your appointment in a timely manner (barring emergencies) and we expect you to make reasonable efforts to attend your appointments and to be on time.
If you must cancel or change your appointment, we require that you contact our office at 706-246-0733 at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow our staff to contact clients on our waiting list and to offer them this appointment time.
Fees for late cancellation or no shows are as follows*:
- 1st late cancellation or no show $50 will be assessed (regardless of insurance status).
- 2nd late cancellation or no show, or thereafter, the full regular fee will be assessed.
*The only exceptions to this policy are appointments missed due to last minute illness or emergencies. You should note that insurance companies do not reimburse members for such charges. Payment for missed appointments is due on or before your next scheduled appointment.
As a courtesy, our staff will try to call you the working day before your next session to remind you of your appointment. However, this is a courtesy call only. You are responsible for remembering your appointment. Not receiving this call does not excuse you from this responsibility.
Wellsprings retains the right to cancel therapy for those clients who consistently fail to keep their appointments.