Norma Cruson, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S

Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
EMDR Trained
Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm
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With regard to EMDR, we will work together to determine whether or not EMDR would be a good way to help you in your healing process. Though EMDR has been shown to have significant healing effects for clients experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is also used with great success to work through a number of symptoms and conditions such as…

  • Anxiety
  • Automobile accident trauma (or trauma from other similar events)
  • Complicated grief
  • Fears and phobias
  • Interpersonal difficulties (issues with trust, abandonment, social anxiety)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pain management
  • Sexual assault (experienced as a child or adult)
  • Trauma
  • Victim of assault or witness to crime
What is filial therapy?
In filial therapy, the therapist trains the parents/caregivers of the child to become the therapeutic agent(s). Parents/caregivers are coached as to how to provide non-directive “special play time” with their child.

With what kinds of problem can filial therapy help?
Filial therapy has helped children and families with issues affecting children such as: depression, anxiety, mood regulation, attachment issues, oppositional behaviors, perfectionism, and trauma. Filial therapy has also been proven helpful for family concerns such as: abuse/neglect, chronic illness, divorce, family relocation, family reunification, grief and loss, relationship problems, substance abuse, etc.

How can play help?
For children, play is their natural way of finding solutions to problems, of exploring their worlds, of bringing meaning and healing to their lives. By joining them in their world and speaking in their language of play, you can discover more about their perspectives.

Why is filial therapy used with children ages 3 – 12?
As children relate their emotions, desires, dreams, and goals through the language of play, filial therapy is the developmentally appropriate therapy method for understanding and helping children ages 3 to 11 years. Children under the age of 3 years may not be able to play imaginatively or construct a cohesive narrative of their world.

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