Registered Play Therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language. The positive relationship that develops between therapist and child during play therapy sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been used to treat people suffering from a wide range of behavioral and psychological concerns, including anxiety, phobias, depression and addiction. It is often best suited for clients who are comfortable with introspection. CBT is also well-suited for people looking for a short-term treatment option that does not necessarily involve pharmacological medication.
Family therapy uses psychotherapy to help increase communication, understanding, and the resolution of conflict between family members. Family therapy helps all members increase awareness of how dynamics within the family system run, are managed, maintained, and better resolved. This type of therapy is highly encouraged if children are being seen individually for Play Therapy. It helps parents better understand the function behind their children’s behavior. This makes it possible for therapeutic interventions to have lasting effects long after treatment has been completed.
Psychotherapy treatment helps clients understand why they are acting and thinking in ways that are troubling or dangerous to themselves or others so they have more control over their behaviors and can correct them. Psychotherapy is used successfully to treat emotional, behavioral, and social problems in people with post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders.
Shantala’s passion to help others started at the young age of six when she and her family were on the mission field in Asia. She realized very early on the meaning of impoverishment, loss and despair within these cultures so far from home. She became aware that she felt her happiest when she was able to provide people hope, if only with a smile or a fresh drink of water.
Shantala has over fifteen years experience working with individuals, families and children, and has worked as a guidance counselor and mental health counselor for Orange County Public Schools for the past decade. As she expanded her experience with children and families, she extended her expertise towards working with teenagers, adults, and couples. Shantala offers several different treatment approaches fitted to address the rising trend in depression and anxiety, behavioral concerns, parenting, relational issues, grief and loss, social and financial strain, and adjustment disorders. These treatment types include the following multi-systems approaches: psychotherapeutic techniques, solution focused therapy, cognitive therapy, psychosocial analysis, behavioral analysis, and play therapy.
Her education and credentials.
She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Liberty University in 2000 and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2004. She became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in 2006. Shantala is also a Certified Guidance Counselor with Orange County Public Schools and a State Board Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors.
Her co-therapist in a fur suit, Sierra.
Sierra came to Shantala as a foster from a high kill shelter in Dade County. Upon arrival, she was very sick with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. Her health was fragile for several months. Through much love and care, Sierra became well again and was officially adopted by Shantala. Sierra is a sweet and kind dog that genuinely loves people and is truly grateful for her forever home. She acts as a comfort to clients and automatically puts a smile on everyone’s face that walks in the door. She can’t wait to meet you!