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Therapy Groups

Learning About Me: Play Therapy Group (Ages 5-7)

Ashley J. Walko, LMHC  | Published on 10/19/2021
Leader: Ashley Walko, LMHC

Contact Info: 845-419-3939

Cost: First group session is free, then $25 per group session

Location: 15 North Chestnut Street, Suite 103, New Paltz, NY 12561 (in person)

Target Clients: Children of any gender ages 5-7

Group Description: 

This group is to help children connect, grow, and learn how to self-soothe, while developing positive, growth-promoting relationships between the children and the facilitator. The approach is based on Dan Siegel's book "The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive." Each session includes a therapeutic arts/crafts project, a game, and other expressive activities. Kids will learn mindfulness skills to use in moments of "big feelings" and parents will be given these tools as well so that these skills can be reinforced outside of group sessions. Kids will be assisted in gaining a greater feeling of self-efficacy as the facilitator will help them generate "what's cool about me" self-strengths.

This group is drop-in, meaning, you can join at any time and do not need to commit to more than 1 session. In addition, Ashley offers her first group session free of charge to allow children and parents to get a glimpse at what to expect and determine on their own if this group is a good fit for them. Parents will also receive a free 15-minute consultation for parents where they will learn more about Dr. Dan Siegel's work and how they can reinforce this information outside of the group setting.


Group Meets: Every Monday, 4-5 p.m.