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Play Therapy Helps the Sibling of a Medically Complex Child Cope With Emotions

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we focused on discussing the importance of making mental health a priority – how you can practice self-care in just moments, different types of counseling PHS provides, and a Facebook live video featuring our clinical social worker Monica Handlos. Check it out to get a tour of the play therapy room and learn how to make a worry box with your kiddo.

But we aren’t wrapping up the mental health discussion just because May is over -this is a year-round topic of importance at PHS as we focus on caring for the emotional needs of children, adolescents, and adults. We recently talked to Tracy, the mother of a child who has benefitted from play therapy as she learns to identify and cope with emotions related to being the sibling of a child with medical complexities, and recently losing her sister. Hear their story and learn more about how play therapy can have a positive impact on your child’s health.

If you’re interested in starting mental health counseling with PHS, visit to fill out a form and begin the process – we have openings available this summer for individual and play therapy!

Originally published: June 2, 2017