Here at Empowered Through Play Counseling Center, We specialize in Trauma (physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect), and include practices such as: Play Therapy, Sand Play/Tray, EMDR, and AutPlay Therapy.

​While we specialize in trauma, we also provide services for adults and children for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Grief and loss, Behavioral Issues, Family concerns, and much More. 

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What is Sand Play?

Sandplay is hands on psychological work. It is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. In a technique that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. In a “free and protected” space provided by the analyst, a client creates a concrete manifestation of his or her imaginal world using sand, water, and miniature objects. In this way Sandplay helps honor and illuminate the client’s internal symbolic world and provides a place for its expression within a safe container, the tray filled with sand. Sandplay is done adjunctively to talk therapy during the process of the therapeutic work. More information can be found by visiting Good Play.

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What is AutPlay Therapy?

A play and behavioral approach to treating Autism Spectrum and other Developmental Disorders. AutPlay protocol focuses on increasing emotional regulation ability, social skills, and relationship development in children, adolescents, and adults. Influenced by play therapy approaches and behavioral therapy, AutPlay establishes directive play based interventions that help to improve skill deficits. Visit Autplay® Therapy for more information.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions: Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief, Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories, Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Addictions and more. Fro more information visit EMDR International Association

Additional Counseling Techniques

​In addition to the play therapy modalities for Adults. we also utilize techniques such as: Client-Centered Therapy,​ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and more.

​What Is Client-Centered Therapy?

This type of therapy diverged from the traditional model of the therapist as expert and moved instead toward a nondirective, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is the leading evidence-based treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. It is based on the theory that a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are interconnected and can be restructured to support new, healthier thoughts and actions.

What is Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)?

​Is designed to help people suffering from mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behavior that are not helpful. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions.

What is Mindfulness?

​Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

​Links to more information Mental Health:

​Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

North Idaho Crisis Center

​Region 1 Behavioral Health Board

Kootenai Behavioral Health Center

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is a Process in which we build on the natural way children and adults learn about themselves and their relationships. Through their play it helps them process through the issues and struggles in their lives. Children and adults are encourage to play as they wish while we create a safe and understanding environment to help guide them through the process of their play. For more information visit Association of Play Therapy.

Who Does Play Therapy Benefit?

​Play Therapy can be helpful for children and adults who are having problems such as:
Academic Underachievement, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Defiance and Oppositional behaviors, Depression and Sadness, Isolation and Social Withdrawal, Divorce, Grief and Loss issues, Physical, Sexual and or Emotional Abuse. Although everyone benefits, play therapy is especially appropriate for children ages 3 through 12 years old (Carmichael, 2006; Gil, ​1991; Landreth; 2002; Schaefer, 1993). Teenagers and adults have also been known to benefit from play techniques and interventions.​ To find Play Therapists in Idaho visit Idaho Association for Play Therapy​