Play Therapy Training & Services in Chapel Hill

Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy offers play therapy training in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as play therapy services with a Registered Play Therapist to children age 4 and up. We also work with the whole family, incorporating play therapy in family therapy sessions, to ensure that all children are heard.

Southeast Institute has trained therapists from around the world for nearly 50 years. We are proud to now offer play therapy training events as well.

Play Therapy Training Events in Chapel Hill, NC:
June 16, 2016: Foundations of Play Therapy: Tools and Techniques for Engaging the Child’s World, Dr. Renee Turner, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

June 17 – 18, 2016:
Comprehensive Sand Tray: Theory and Practice for All Ages, Dr. Renee Turner, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Other Play Therapy Training Events: This summer, Dr. Keller will present on incorporating play therapy into family therapy at a transactional analysis conference in Bangladesh. APT Approved Provider 15-437

We have been approved by the Association for Play Therapy as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, APT Approved Provider 15-437.  

If you are interested in signing up for next year’s ongoing training in TA and play therapy with Dr. Keller and other play therapy events in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, sign up below.

Play Therapy Services in Chapel Hill, NC:

Emily Keller, PhD, LPC, RPT, is a Registered Play Therapist at Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. Dr. Keller offers play therapy services to children age 3 and up. She also incorporates play therapy into family therapy, giving voice to the children in the room, who often have a lot to “say” through their play. Dr. Keller works with children experiencing grief, healing from trauma, and dealing with difficult life transitions.

About Play Therapy: Play Therapy RoomPlay therapy is an established, research-supported form of child therapy that helps children, especially age 3-12, express themselves, heal, and grow. Play therapy leverages the natural language of children — play — to help them overcome emotional, and behavioral difficulties that interfere with normal functioning at home and at school. Whether children are having trouble due to divorce, a recent move, grief and loss, or adoption, play therapy can help! There are a variety of types of play therapy, including child-centered play therapy, gestalt play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, and more!    

Sand Tray Therapy For children, sand tray play therapy helps children overcome their naturally limited vocabulary by offering them concrete Sand Tray Therapyobjects to express themselves. Without a language for traumatic events and emotions, children are compelled to be silent and not process abuse and neglect. Sand tray meets children where they are at, allowing them to communicate and make sense of life events so they can move forward rather than remain stuck in the trauma. Often times, they work through their trauma and stuck places with few words. We know they are working through their issues because the messages in the sand change and, more importantly, their behaviors change. Sand tray therapy helps teens, who often naturally resist therapy, move through their rebellious tendencies and right into their work.    

Dr. Keller also incorporates sand tray therapy in her work with adults. She especially finds it useful in expressing grief and in working through spiritual issues in psychotherapy.