Play Therapy Center of Hawaii, LLC, 315 Uluniu St. #207, Kailua, HI 96734
Phone 808-261-0066/ Fax 808-261-0096
Because the Play Therapy Center of Hawaii, LLC is both a treatment and a training center, no child between the ages of 3 years old and 8 years old will be turned away for lack of health insurance or inability to pay. Our play therapy students in training, who are often already master's prepared clinicians, are available to work with your child for up to twelve sessions at no charge.
The Play Therapy Center of Hawaii, LLC was established in 2008 by Carla Sharp, A.P.R.N.,
R.P.T.-S, C.S.T.-T. (www.carlasharp.com) as the fulfillment of her dream to provide a center
for the psychotherapeutic treatment of the young child and family while also providing training
to licensed clinical therapists wishing to learn the art and skill of play therapy.
The Play Therapy Center of Hawaii specializes in the treatment of the 3 to 8 year old child
who may be dealing with past trauma, loss or abuse or who may just be having difficulty
adjusting to the birth of a new sibling. We believe that the crucible for all the child's growth
and healing is the family. We therefore assess, treat and educate the whole family as well
as the child. Through the use of play therapy, art therapy and sandplay therapy our clinical
staff uses the most developmentally appropriate interventions to access the inner world of the
child. Within the child's inner world lies his or her truth. Once we know that truth, we are better
able to intervene appropriately. We seek to help the child master anxiety through play, help
parents gain insight into their child and assist the whole family by strengthening bonds and
promoting a more secure attachment. Healing occurs from the inside out. We believe as
Virginia Axline (Play Therapy, 1947) did, that all meaningful change comes from within.
We want to help each parent answer the question: "Why is my child behaving this way now?"
Children respond very positively to this special setting and to this special relationship with the
therapist. We can even teach parents how to apply these same principles at home during
special parent/child play times called Filial Play Therapy. Treatment goals and interventions
are shared with parents who are part of the treatment team. Most major insurances are
accepted and we welcome our military families. For additional information please call
Carla Sharp at 808-261-0066 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about
play therapy, visit the Association for Play Therapy at www.a4pt.org and the Hawaii
Association for Play Therapy at www.hawaiiplaytherapy.net.