2173 EMBASSY DRIVE 164Itsa Playful Journey is solely owned by Dianne Mathias, and is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Itsa Playful Journey has been supporting children, adults, and families in Central PA since 2006. The primary approach utilized is play therapy. Dianne has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families related to many problems and issues. She is credentialied as a registered play therapist supervisor, and is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Dianne has counseled and witnessed the journey of healing with the use of innovative play therapy techniques. Along with her staff, Itsa Playful Journey is excited to support you and your family!Mission Statement: To provide alternative treatment strategies through the use of play therapy for children, adolescents, adults and families. To address the seriousness of the problem through creative inteventions that allow the individual to be at ease in a "journey of healing".Direct Play Therapy: Clients participate in therapeutic activities to meet stated treatment goals.Role of therapist: Chooses activities including behavioral therapy, games, art activities, and sand tray therapy from the cognitive-behavioral model to bring about desired behavioral change. Family Play Therapy: Families engage in therapeutic play activities to facilitate resolution of conflict and movement towards family harmony, cohesion, and effective communication in a way that reduces anxiety between children and adults. Role of therapist: Guides families in therapeutic activities.Client-Centered Play Therapy: Client engages in play using toys that are chosen for their therapeutic value. The client leads sessions, while the therapist monitors and participates in a therapeutic manner. Role of therapist: Tracks play themes and observes and reflects emotinoal states, allows children to communicate and deal with feelings that they are developmentally unable to express verbally, and identifies underlying issues to facilitate resolution of maladaptive behaviors. Filial Play Therapy: Parents learn how to understand their children's issues and to strengthen family bonds through the use of structured family play sessions that they then implement in their own homes. Role of therapist: Trains, supervises, and supports parents as they learn to understand what children may be communicating through their play. Teaches parents to have play sessions in the home to strengthen the parent/child bond by emphasizing parental acceptance of the child's feelings.Issues Addressed in Play TherapySocial Skills Oppositional BehaviorsAggression Trauma/ AbuseDivorce/Separation Substance AbuseAnxiety Disorders Foster Care/ Adoption IssuesAttachment Issues Adult Children of AlcoholicsWhy Choose Play Therapy?It reduces the stress of having to talk about problems.It meets individuals at their developmental level of communication.It facilitates free expression of children's feelings.It helps individuals master developmental tasks, like toileting, separation issues, peer relationships, and social skills.Allows children, adolescents, adults, and families to gain insight into problems in a non-confrontational form of therapy.Alleviates painful problems that can be processed through a more creative and playful experience towards healing.