Jennifer Hosea is the owner of Creative Play Solutions, LLC. She has a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling (1996) from the State University of West Georgia. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2000. She is also a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She has provided counseling to children and adolescents since 1996. Her work experience includes: private practice, community mental health, schools, juvenile probation, and inpatient care. She has received specialized training in play therapy, Sandtray/Worldplay therapy, and trauma therapy for children and adolescents. She has also received specialized training in supervising counselors and play therapists.
Currently, Jennifer provides counseling to children, adolescents, their families, and parents. She has a special interest in treating trauma (abuse, neglect, loss, domestic violence, accidents, chronic medical issues, or other events). She also works with families with adoption and attachment issues. In addition, she routinely sees children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, adjustments to life changes, divorce, anger management, behavioral problems, and ADHD. Periodically, she offers filial training workshops for parents. This training teaches parents how to use child-centered play therapy techniques at home.
Jennifer Hosea offers individual supervision for those that are seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She also offers supervision for those seeking to be a Registered Play Therapist by the Association for Play Therapy. She is a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor by the Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor Association.
Jennifer Cooper received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Jennifer has a background in education and child development and has experience working with youth of all ages. Jennifer discovered a long time ago that she had a gift for genuine empathy, active listening, and a passion for empowering others to reach peace and happiness in there own lives. She believes in providing a supportive, non-judgmental, compassionate environment in order to best support her clients. She believes that we all have the potential, and often desire within us for contentment and growth despite our age. Children are often the most driven of us all!
Jennifer is able to work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families address a broad range of concerns including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, family changes, relationship struggles, trauma/abuse, behavioral issues in children/adolescents, and parenting issues. She believes that all behavior is purposeful and by understanding the driving force of undesired behaviors, we can work as a team to look at alternative ways in which to meet those needs. She utilizes an eclectic approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy with her clients depending on ones individual needs and developmental level. Jennifer has had specialized training in Play Therapy techniques such as Child Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray, and Art Therapy. She also has had training in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Progressive Counting in order to best serve those who have experienced trauma and struggle with the effects of this.
Lastly, Jennifer is a part of the military community with a husband who serves on active duty for the Georgia Army National Guard. She has been through an eighteen month long deployment with young children and has been through several separations due to military travel. She is able to understand the unique needs of the military child, adult, and family in the counseling environment.
Because most children do not yet have the developmental skills to respond to typical “talk” therapy, I frequently use play therapy. While most people view play as simply “just fun”, play is actually the natural language of all children. Play is necessary for development! Play allows children to express their feelings about events, relationships, and environments in a safe, non-threatening way. It allows children to try out different solutions to problems and practice new skills. It also allows them to gain insight into situations and relieve stress. Because play is their language, the toys are the words. Play therapists are trained to recognize the themes and symbols of play and then use play to facilitate change, growth, and healing. Play therapy typically consists of using toys, art, games, sand, puppets and dramatic play. Even toddlers can benefit from play therapy! Parents/caregivers of infants can benefit from therapy together to help build attachment and bonding as well
Finding a therapist that can relate to teens can be difficult. It is extremely important to develop a trusting, safe relationship with them in order for counseling to be therapeutic. I feel that my down to earth style and empathic attitude makes it easier for teens to feel comfortable in my office. In my private, confidential environment, I provide a place for teens to discover who they are and who they want to be without shaming, lecturing or giving unhelpful advice.
I am experienced in providing family and individual counseling for parents. I can help parents who are struggling with discipline, communication, or difficult life events. For children and teens in therapy, sessions with parents are always scheduled to discuss progress, give recommendations, and establish goals for therapy. I also can teach parents how to provide therapeutic parenting for children who have experienced trauma and/or attachment issues.
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