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Youth Services

Vicki Knipmeyer, LCSW, RPT

Vicki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, and joined the team at The Center for Counseling & Training in November 2011. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy. Before moving to Lafayette County in 2011, she worked as a school social worker the St. Louis area for 6 years. Vicki has experience working with individuals, families, and groups. She specializes in children and youth, and will work with children as young as 3 years old. Vicki has clinical experience with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, abuse/trauma, family violence, social skills, and adjustment to issues such as foster placement, divorce, custody/visitation changes, and relocation.
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As a therapist, Vicki believes that every individual and family has strengths to draw on, and that it is important to look beyond just individual challenges to include work with the family, school, and community. She is passionate about meeting every client where they are at developmentally using a variety of interventions and techniques. She uses her background as a play therapist to build a positive, trusting relationship with her clients and to help clients of all ages work to meet therapy goals using a variety of creative techniques.

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What is Play Therapy?

Play is an essential part of development in childhood.

As children grow, they use play to practice new skills, communicate with others, and relieve stress.

Play therapy uses what we know about how children use play to help clients process trauma, express their feelings, and practice coping skills. Play therapy lets children be active and engaged in the therapy process in a safe and accepting environment. When children are not able to express how they feel through words, they can use puppets, art, toys, and sand tray.

Play therapy also helps children begin to develop the words to tell us how they are feeling. Research suggests that play therapy is effective in helping a variety of issues (see Association for Play Therapy for more information).

Registered Play Therapists are mental health professionals who have completed additional training and supervision in play therapy and how to use play to help clients meet their therapy goals.

Vicki Knipmeyer and Amy Dobson at The Center for Counseling and Training both have specialized training in play therapy.