play therapy


Counseling for children

Behavior and emotional control

Play Therapy is a proven model of counseling for children to help them communicate and process feelings using a child's natural language. Our Therapists at Johns Creek & Alpharetta Counseling have extensive training to practice play therapy and are working toward earning their RPT (Registered Play Therapist) or has obtained the credential of RPT. Just as a pediatrician must have additional medical training to work with children, a counselor needs extensive training and supervision to provide play therapy to children. In searching for a therapist for your child, please ask what training they have received to work with children. See below to learn more about play therapy and how it can help you and your child.

How do I know my child needs therapy?

A major indication therapy can help is if you see a significant change in behavior that impacts their daily functioning. This may be seen as a change in behavior at school or at home, peer relationships, regression in development, or poor emotional regulation. Basically, give us a call if you are asking yourself, "where did my kid go?" Another major indication is if a child has a ongoing problem and nothing seems to be working. This can be poor school performance, peer relationships, family conflict, among others. We preform play therapy assessment tools to help better understand how your child is struggling. Those assessments do not replace a full psychological assessment by a trained psychologist. We work closely with excellent psychologists and can advise if a full psychological is needed.

Play Therapy addresses:

• Family Conflict

• Worry Thoughts

• Obsessive Behaviors

• Sibling Conflict


• RAD- Reactive Attachment Disorder

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Isolation

• Poor School Performance

• Bullying

• Nightmares

• Acting Out

• Poor Emotional Regulation

Play therapy can help situations such as


Major Life change

Death of family/friend

Trauma/ Abuse

What is play therapy?

Play Therapy is a researched and proven model of therapy for children. It is a approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children; play. Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991). In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words, and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Through play, therapists may help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits (Pedro-Carroll & Reddy, 2005). The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions provides a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing (Moustakas, 1997). If your child needs counseling, Play Therapy is the most proven model to counsel your child. Play Therapy is most commonly used with children, however art and some play therapy techniques can be used with adolescents and adults. Emotions are hard to talk about and at times are hard to access; art therapy and sandtray therapy can help to access the emotion that words cannot reach. These therapeutic approaches can be added to individual, couple, or family therapy. Please ask about it when you call!

Parent's Role in play therapy

We value the role parents have in their children’s lives and maintain a close working relationship during the therapy process. We combine play therapy for children with support sessions for parents which focus on giving emotional support, tools for discipline, effective boundary setting, and assist to increase the parent's understanding of a child’s emotional needs. The last form of communication a child learns is verbal communication. Play therapy helps children communicate when they cannot find the words. We can help parents learn how to communicate by teaching play therapy techniques and helping parents understand what nonverbal messages children hear from you.  Lastly, we create a team with school counselors, pediatricians, and psychiatrists collaboratively to meet the need of your child. We go to the school to meet with teachers and the school counselor to set the child up for success.

If you have any questions call our intake line 404-834-2363

Does my child need to be on medication?

It is common to get the recommendation for medication if you child is diagnosed with ADHD, poor emotional regulation, or anxiety. Only a doctor can determine if medication is appropriate. Many parents have concerns giving their child with a young growing brain, medication that will impact the brain.  At JCAC, prior to recommending an assessment by a psychiatrist for medication we will offer services such as play therapy, neuro biofeedback, diet recommendations, and parenting techniques to create change. We recommend medication only as a last result to manage your child's behavior. Neuro-Biofeedback can serve as a medication replacement to help natural brain function when therapy is not enough. 


Tutoring services

Special Education

JCAC is proud to offer tutoring services from a registered certified teacher with 20 years experience teaching Regular and Special Education.  All services are personalized to each child's needs. Services include after school tutoring, homes school assistance, or summer preparation programs. We offer the traditional tutoring services, but we go beyond homework help. We can teach your child how to learn! We assess your child's style of learning, and can talk to your child's teachers to collaborate your child's best learning style. We teach classroom skills, concentration skills, organization skills, and discouragement resiliency.

We take it a step further with an IEP review! We can assist your child to meet their IEP goals, and we can assist your child's teacher in establishing those goals. We can help you know what questions to ask and offer support in IEP meetings.

We take it even further with collaboration with a play therapist specialized to help your child with emotional, behavioral, and anxiety concerns. We work with counselors to create a holistic plan so your child goes from anger and discouraged and fighting to go to school in the morning-  to confident and accomplished.

What we are not: We are not college or high school aged that offer help with getting homework completed. We are certified special education teachers with 20 years experience writing and implementing IEPs. We know how to assess your child's style of learning, and teach your child how to learn. Please call us to see how we can help you!

Tutoring services can help:

-Children who have an IEP



-Learning Disability

-Cognitive Deficits

-Developmental Disabilities

-Regular Education Children

Tutoring Website

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