Caitlin “Cake” is a professional counselor and play therapist. Caitlin and her dog, Rascal, moved from Mississippi to Arizona in 2018. Caitlin completed her B.A. in psychology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, as well as a speciality degree in Play Therapy at the University of Mississippi. Caitlin was a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi and is currently applying for her LPC in Arizona as well. The services she provides include individual therapy, family therapy, play therapy, sibling sessions, Child Parent Relationship Training, and socials skills groups.
Caitlin was trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy as well as Child Parent Relationship Training at the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institue in Oxford, Mississippi. Caitlin strategically utilizes play therapy to help children express themselves when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. In play therapy, toys are a child’s words and play is a child’s language. Through play, Caitlin gains insight into a child’s thoughts, feelings, experiences, and interpretations of their own world. The benefits a child can gain from sessions include learning to communicate and relate with others, express emotions, modify behavior, develop new and creative solutions to problems, gain respect and acceptance of self, and enhance self-efficacy and decision making abilities.
Caitlin offers Child Parent Relatinship Training (CPRT) to parents of children who are receiving play therapy. CPRT teaches parents skills and strategies to better enhance their relationship and attachment with their child, while also encouraging parent-child play sessions at home.
Caitlin also has great experience leading social skills groups to help children improve socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. The goals of her groups include improving social skills, forming positive and appropriate relationships, learning self-control, managing anger, and developing calm down strategies and coping skills and tools.