TherapyLand—Positive Development and Mental Health Treatment for Children
“Toys are children’s words and play is their language.”
–Garry L. Landreth
TherapyLand is a division of Thriveworks that specializes in positive development and mental health treatment for children. It is a unique and positive place for kids to get the care they deserve, which might involve a range of mental health counseling and play therapy services.
Our TherapyLand Child Therapists have a variety of specialties, years of training, and additional certifications that enable them to provide your child with the quality mental health care that you’re looking for. They can guide and support your child through a range of life challenges, including (but not limited to):
TherapyLand is a safe space for your child to confront, understand, and work through the problems that they encounter throughout childhood.
How Can Child Therapy Benefit My Son or Daughter?
Child therapy is a type of counseling designed specifically to help children navigate their mental health problems and other challenges that they might run into during this very important stage of life. We’ve outlined a few common problems above that many kids endure. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these challenges and how a TherapyLand child therapist might help:
- Behavior problems: If or when your kids start acting out, it can be difficult to understand why. If they are throwing tantrums, acting violently, or exhibiting other behavior problems, it might be helpful to set them up with a child therapist. Our TherapyLand child therapists are trained experts, who can work to understand where these behavior problems might stem from, how they can help your child better manage any emotions they might be experiencing, and more.
- Bullying: Bullying is another common problem in children today, of which can lead to a loss of self-worth, insecurity, and other negative mental health effects. If your child is getting bullied, a TherapyLand child therapist can help your child manage this problem as well as the negative emotions that might stem from this often-traumatic experience.
- Parental divorce: When a child’s parents’ divorce or separate, their split can have many repercussions on any kids that are involved. Children—of any age—can feel angry, fearful, confused as a result. It can prove to be a major turning point in their life. The TherapyLand child counselors can help kids understand that their parents’ divorce is not their fault and work through the difficult emotions that they might be experiencing.
Again, these are just a few challenges that the child therapists at TherapyLand can help your child navigate. Our specialists have a broad range of skills, experience, and training, which has prepared them to help kids with a vast amount of problems. Further, TherapyLand is a place that further empowers therapists to help kids by providing them with the tools needed to explore and express their emotions. Several therapy tools at TherapyLand include:
- Bobo Dolls
- Puppet theater
- Basketball hoops
To revisit the quote at the top of this page, as stated by Garry L. Landreth, “Toys are children’s words and play is their language.” We believe that the toys and tools that we provide them with in TherapyLand will enhance their ability to grow, improve, and excel with their therapist.
Our Story: How Did TherapyLand Come to Be?
Child therapy is an important service. Many people offer it, but it isn’t always conducted in the right environment. We met with a nationally recognized play therapist who explained her experience working behind a school’s janitor closet. The kids had to walk through the janitor closet—past all of the chemicals—to get to her office. She went on to explain that the room was basically a cinder block pump room with a structural post right in the center.
Unfortunately, this story is all too common. The good news, though, is that TherapyLand is the exception. We began with a simple question: “What would the ideal kids’ counseling practice be like?” We posed this question to some of the most respected professionals in the child therapy field (some of whom were already on our team). For many, this question was pure fantasy. One child therapist had a PowerPoint slide depicting a rough sketch of a large play therapy room with a sandbox in the middle and lining the walls were different sections for play therapy tools. There was one section for dress-up, another section for puppets, another for aggressive toys, and so on.
She said, “This is what the ideal play therapy room would look like. None of us will ever have this—it would be much too expensive—but this is what it would be.” We knew right then that we had to build this, to make it a reality. We had to have a place for child therapy that would allow the best therapists to do their best work. A place that would be both therapeutic and empowering to every child that comes through its doors.