Family Christian Counseling Center of Phoenix Welcomes Its Second Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
Frieda Ling, Family and Child Therapist at the Family Christian Counseling Center of Phoenix has been recognized by the Association for Play Therapy. Last month she received the Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credentialing, one of only 13 supervisors in the state of Arizona.
Ms. Ling has 10 years of overall professional experience. Her work at the Family Christian Counseling Center includes providing individual counseling as well as family and marriage therapy. Ms. Ling is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy, and play therapy, including sand work and Theraplay. She uses these clinically proven effective tools to help clients young and old resolve attachment wounds and progress from an anxious or avoidant attachment style toward a secure one - the foundation for a quality life. Of special interest to Ms. Ling are interracial/intercultural relationships, be they established through adoption, friendship, or marriage.
Play therapy is an effective intervention to help children work out what is troubling them on a deeper level. The Play Therapist integrates more traditional therapeutic models with play, sand, and art therapies to help children quiet the nervous system to attain a calm mental state and raise self esteem. Children are given a safe space in the playroom for self-expression as well as a wide variety of strategies and coping techniques to deal with life’s stresses. Ms. Ling has been successful in the treatment of children with attachment disorder, anxiety, aggression, depression, trauma, and ADHD.
In 2001, Ms. Ling received her Master of Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Phoenix and has been licensed since 2004. She received her certification as a Registered Play Therapist in 1999 and as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in 2011. She is a Board member of the Arizona Association for Play Therapy (AzAPT) and Chairperson of its Advocacy Committee. Visit the AzAPT website.
Play Therapy is a mental health modality; that is, a form of counseling or psychotherapy by which licensed mental health professionals use play-based models and techniques to better communicate with and help clients achieve optimal mental health. It is particularly effective with children because, just as adults use words to communicate ideas and feelings, children use play to express theirs. Visit the About Play therapy section of the APT website.
The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the play therapy modality and serve the research, training, and credentialing needs of its member counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers. Licensed mental health professionals may earn and maintain its Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials. Visit the APT website.