Play Lab Northwest

Play Lab Northwest is part of my psychotherapy practice. It is housed in a specialized space in my office for children and teens (ages 6-16) to help them find personal expression and creative outlet. Play Lab Northwest is equipped with exercise balls, jumping stones, bean bag chairs, large-scale games, a Jungian sand tray and figures, art supplies, and sensorimotor equipment—all of which help the client achieve emotional regulation in a safe and supportive environment. The Play Lab also provides a Quiet Corner for mindfulness and other calming practices appropriate for younger clients.

My Approach in Play Lab Northwest

Through the Play Lab approach, I integrate established therapeutic approaches such as somatic, art and play, relational, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. The Play Lab approach is designed specifically for children and teens who suffer from anxiety, panic, ADHD, depression, behavioral problems, and attachment issues. Unlike many conventional therapies, the Play Lab approach does not rely exclusively on talk or other cognitive strategies. Through play and interaction, children and teens can experience self-discovery while learning to regulate needless and harmful emotional or energetic swings. By working with the mind and body together through play and imagination, children and teens can build confidence and personal resilience.

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

C.G. Jung, Founder of Analytic Psychology