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Susan Garofolo, B.A., C.P.T., C.T.T.
Certified Play Therapist
Certified Theraplay® Therapist
Member of P.T.I.
Member of O.A.C.C.P.P.
Member of C.A.C.P.T. (Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy)
 
Serving GTA, Peel, Halton and Niagara Region
 
Office located at:
Burlington, Ontario
 
Phone: 905-580-7529
(this is NOT long distance for Toronto residents)
 
E-mail: playtherapy1@gmail.com
 
Fees are covered by extended health insurance plans
 
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Play Therapy for Children
 
A drug-free alternative which produces long term changes in attitude and behaviour
 
Helping Children
 
ChildChildren who have experienced considerable change in their lives or who have survived traumatic events need to express and understand their feelings. Through the therapeutic use of play, children are given the opportunity to express their feelings naturally, and safely, thus enabling the healing process to begin. When a child is helped in this way, a clear message is sent: receiving help is okay. Therapy allows children to internalize this nurturing message and learn healthy self-care skills that carry into adulthood.

Susan Garofolo receives an award from members of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT) for outstanding contribution and dedication to child psychotherapy and Play Therapy in Canada
Susan Garofolo receives an award from members of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT) for outstanding contribution and dedication to child psychotherapy and Play Therapy in Canada

Helpful for

  • Children who are dealing with parental conflict, separation or divorce
  • Children who have been traumatized (sexual, physical or emotional abuse)
  • Children who have been adopted or are in foster care
  • Children who are dealing with issues of loss, such as illness or death of a loved one
  • Children who havebeen hospitalized
  • Children who have witnessed domestic violence
  • Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Children who have experienced serious accidents or disasters

Signs to be aware of

  • Excessive anger, worry, sadness or fear
  • Aggressive behaviour (hurting others or self)
  • Separation anxiety
  • Excessive shyness
  • Behavioural regression
  • Low self esteem
  • Learning or other school problems
  • Sleep, eating or elimination problems
  • Preoccupation with sexual behaviour
  • Difficulty adjusting to family changes
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches that have no medical cause


Susan Garofolo
"Each child is unique. A perceptive and intuitive approach is necessary to understand and facilitate the therapeutic process"
Susan Garofolo

Read Susan's recent article: "Heart Centered Play Therapy: Daniel’s Healing" in Playground (a publication of the C.A.C.P.T.), Fall 2011

 
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