Children experience stress & emotional challenges that may impact their lives. Many of these experiences are normal and expected as they grow and mature. Some childhood experiences may turn out to be more serious and can have a serious impact on a child’s family relationships, school performances, and peer interactions. Children may experience excessive worry, feelings of hopelessness, change in sleep/eating habits and/or engage in self-destructive behaviors. Whether your child is dealing with normal developmental challenges or something more serious, Sherri is able to help children heal through play and creative expressions.
Sherri Cauthen is a registered play therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maine. Sherri has worked in multiple clinical settings, including community mental health, residential facilities, treatment foster care, and school settings. Sherri has specialized treating children and adolescents who’ve experienced difficulties with emotional regulation, impulse-control, complex trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and mood disorders. For over 16 years, Sherri has used person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapies to assist children heal through play and creative expressions.
Sherri is a registered play therapist-supervisor and is in the process of receiving credentialing as a registered integrated sandtray therapist. As a registered play therapy therapist, Sherri uses trauma-informed interventions to provide a path to healing and recovery. Sherri also provides clinical supervision for social workers seeking licensure and therapists seeking registered play therapy credentialing.
What is Play Therapy?
- Therapeutic method which assist children in coping with emotional stress and/or trauma by building on their natural communication and learning processes (Landreth, 2002).
- Used to provide a means of communication for children when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings (Gil, 1991).
Through Play, Children learn:
- to respect themselves
- that their feelings are acceptable
- to express their feelings responsibly
- to assume responsibility for themselves
- to be creative and resourceful in confronting problems
- self-control and self-direction
- to accept themselves
- to make choices and to be responsible for their own choices. (Landreth, 2012)
Sherri also consults with agencies, organizations, clinics, schools and private practitioners on the following topics:
- setting up a playroom (toys, space, evidenced based interventions),
- developing a trauma informed practice,
- and case consultation.
For questions and scheduling, please contact Sherri at (706)-609-9492