Rebecca L. Hansen
LAMFT, Child Play Therapist
Are you tired? Do you feel you are alone and struggling to support yourself and your loved ones?
Rebecca, commonly called Becca, understands that caring for yourself and others is one of the hardest and most exhausting things you can do. You can put so much on yourself that you don’t know how to cope anymore.
In times where it feels like the world is caving in around you, know that there is hope.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” – Fred Rogers
With her undergraduate studies in family science and psychology and her graduate studies in marriage and family therapy, Becca has developed a drive to help families heal.
She believes that this healing comes when you can recognize and work through negative cycles within yourself and within your family.
Becca has worked with couples, individuals, teenagers, children on the autism spectrum, and high-risk children. Through her experiences, she has found that there is hope for every family to make a better life for themselves.
She has also discovered a passion for helping people draw closer to their loved ones and express the emotions they struggle to put into words.
Becca has experienced many of the dark situations that can pull loved ones apart from each other.
Among her own family and friends, Becca has witnessed the harm that comes from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. She has witnessed drug and alcohol use escalate until it is unmanageable.
She has recognized the struggles of loved ones as they work through poverty, physical pain, chronic illness, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression.
She has seen the effects on parents and children as they navigate divorce, recoupling, co-parenting, and frequent moves between cities and states. She has witnessed the pain and heartache that comes from the incarceration of a loved one.
Becca understands what it is like to view yourself through the lens of your perceived weaknesses and failings. She wants you to know that you are strong and that there is always hope for meaningful connection with your loved ones.
Becca has always felt that nurturing young children is both incredibly rewarding and, at times, extremely trying. Children see everything from a different lens, from routines at home to interactions at school.
Sometimes this can mean that children act out to get attention or that they take on more responsibilities than they are capable of handling.
It’s heart-wrenching to see children struggling and not know how you can help them through their pain.
“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.” -Virginia Axline
Play therapy is a way to give children their voice. Children understand the world around them through play.
When they don’t have the words for what they’re feeling or they feel they can’t address their trauma head-on, play can give them a way to express themselves.
Play therapy gives children a safe place to work through their problems and find solutions. This therapy modality is also fun and helps children create a better outlook on life, regulate their emotions, and practice necessary skills.
“Toys are children’s words and play is their language” -Garry Landreth
Play therapy has been proven effective in working with children, teenagers, and adults. It can help couples connect, and it can help children and parents reach out to one another.
Play therapy helps develop coping mechanisms and can provide a corrective emotional experience for those engaging in it.
Child Play Therapy can help foster respect and acceptance for self and others, cultivate empathy, and develop the ability to experience and express emotion.
Becca has recently received training in play therapy, and she plans to train in sandtray therapy at a later date. She has developed the skills necessary to assess and understand play and create a safe place for children to address difficult emotions and behaviors.
Becca comes from a large family. She has close relationships with her 6 siblings, 4 parents, 13 aunts and uncles, 6 grandparents, and 3 great-grandparents.
She moved over 20 times before she turned 11, between both California and Utah.
She met and married her husband in Utah County while they both completed their undergraduate studies at Utah Valley University.
In her free time, Becca is known to quilt, knit, read, and play games of all sorts with her family.
Becca joined Utah Family Therapy this year as a play therapist for children, and she loves working with individuals and couples, as well. She loves helping families draw closer together.