Play Heals
Therapy for Individuals and Families
Jackie Hurt-Coppola, M.A., M.S., MFT
CA Lic. #MFC52889

I use traditional person-centered talk therapy in my work with older adolescents and adults. While older adolescents and adults require a more active role, each client is ultimately in charge of making gains through their own engagement and readiness for the process.I work to make a comfortable and safe atmosphere where clients may explore and address life issues.  I believe that each cilent is capable of making changes and I attempt to be a catalyst for that change.  I work collaboratively with the client on the client's goals in order to help achieve the best possible results.

I use Play Therapy in my work with children up to age nine, and activity therapy with older children.  Children play because they need to.  They are driven to play in order to experience and understand our world.  Children experience their caregivers through play and communicate their needs in their play.  Even adults communicate through their play, using teasing and silliness to show different sides of themselves.  Play is enormously important for everyone.  I work with clients of all ages and enjoy my diverse clientele.  With children and adolescents I use play therapy and activity therapy. 

Nondirective play therapy, also called client-centered and unstructured play therapy, is guided by the notion that if given the chance to speak and play freely under optimal therapeutic conditions, troubled children and young people will be able to resolve their own problems and work toward their own solutions. In other words, nondirective play therapy is regarded as non-intrusive. The hallmark of nondirective play therapy is that it has few boundary conditions and thus can be used at any age.  Children generally are not afraid to come to therapy and working through their issues is often organic and easy for them.  

I approach family therapy from many different angles, depending upon the presenting problem and the family members' willingness to change. In my work with families, I address family structure that may be contributing to the problem and collaborate with caregivers to use their expertise about the family to attempt to find ways for the family to function better. Families can feel empowered to make change and gain skills to problems solve better in the future.

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