Whole Heart Therapy

Pamela Boysen, LCSW             714 844-7282

Toys are children's words and play is their language.

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy helps the child express what is bothering them when they do not have the words or verbal ability to adequately express thoughts and feelings. Through play and the use of the imagination, we access a part of our brain that can begin to heal past adverse experiences such as divorce, sexual abuse, or exposure to violence. 

According to the Association for Play therapy, the definition of play therapy is as follows:

        “Play therapy is the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development 

(APT, 2015).”


Pamela starts by building a relationship with your child to provide a repairative emotional experience that lends itself to healing and strengthening the child’s sense of self. She will also work closely with parents and other family members to facilitate positive shifts in parent/caregiver–child relationships and the whole family dynamic.

Pamela often uses a child-centered approach which is the theoretical and essential foundation for play therapy. To increase a secure attachment between the child and their caregiver, Theraplay type activies will be practiced during the session and done at home between sessions. Mindfulness techniques will be taught to reduce anxiety.