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Cobin Trout MS, PCC-S, RPT-S

Cobin Trout

Practices at the West Chester office.

Cobin is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who obtained her Bachelor’s degrees from Ohio Northern University in Psychology and Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton. She is also certified as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Cobin is a member of the National Association for Play Therapy and just started her tenth consecutive year serving on the Ohio Association for Play Therapy Board. She currently serves as the OAPT Communication’s Director.

Cobin has extensive training in the area of play therapy. Play is the natural language of children and essential for healthy development. Play is how children learn about themselves and their relationship to the world they live in. According to Garry Landreth, one of the pioneers of play therapy, play represents the attempt of children to organize their experiences and may be one of the few times in children’s lives when they feel more in control of their lives and thus more secure. (Landreth, 1991). Play therapy dates back to the 1900s and is different from regular play. The play therapist provides a ‘space’ in the form of ‘the special playroom’. The ‘play’ provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and facilitates developmentally appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings. Play therapists use a variety of play therapy modalities and techniques to engage children in overcoming and resolving problems they are working through. Play Therapy empowers children to work through and confront difficult experiences, as well as, learn more effective ways to communicate, broaden problem-solving skills and increase appropriate expression of emotions. Play therapy also allows for the child’s need to be physically active. Cobin is trained in and utilizes the approach of Child-Centered Play Therapy, although depending on the child’s needs, she also utilizes more directive play therapy approaches. She specializes in working with children ages zero to five and their families.

Cobin desires to help families build healthy bonds with one another in hopes of building a strong foundation in which to ‘grow’ healthy and productive children. She has training in Filial Therapy and continues to pursue this area of training. Filial Therapy is an empowering form of family therapy which seeks to help the family system attain higher levels of functioning (Vanfleet, 1994). In Filial Therapy the parents/guardians are a ‘partner’ in the process. This process naturally engages the parents much more in their children’s progress and positive change. Filial Therapy also provides a safe place for guardians to try and practice new skills with their children. In Filial Therapy the child’s environment (guardians/parents) changes right along with the child which enhances positive growth for the whole system. Cobin is also trained in Theraplay. Theraplay is a child and family therapy that focuses on improving the child’s behavioral and emotional challenges through the parent child relationship.

*Landreth, G. (1991), Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Muncie, Indiana.
*Vanfleet, R. (1994), Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play. Sarasota, Florida.

Links to more information on play therapy

In-Network with the following Insurance Carriers

Aetna, Anthem, Healthspan, Humana, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Multiplan/PHCS, MHN, TriCare, UBH, Value Options

To see current license information for this therapist please visit the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board License Verification website here and type their name in the search box.