How old is too old for play therapy? What do you think?
10? 12? 15?
Most play therapy techniques and theories have been researched for children 10-12 and under. But what happens when a child turns 13?
Is it that *poof* the need for play just stops?
The field of Play Therapy can be confusing. You might go to one training or read a text that says one thing, and get the totally opposite answer from another. We often get pulled in many directions that it can lead us to search for the “right” answers.
I wrote an article about the 5 Myths We Need to Leave Behind in Play Therapy that I was so excited about I couldn't wait to add 3 more to the list!
How often do you recommend journaling in your practice for teens?
Journaling can be an amazing and introspective practice and through this expression of self major benefits follow like boosting mood, managing stress, and lowering anxiety and depression. Journaling also has other amazing benefits like improving immune function and helping with memory.
Notes are one of the never ending conveyor belt tasks of a therapist. Like laundry, wiping counters that never seem to stay clean (at least in my house with a 5 year old), or sorting all those random paper piles that just seem to spring up out of nowhere.
Just how long does it take you to write a progress note?
5 minutes? 15 minutes? 20 or more?
For me? Just under 3 minutes. Done and done.
When you think of self care what comes up?
Mostly it’s what you do outside of your workday when you shut your laptop and head out the door. Maybe it’s taking a walk after work, chatting with a friend (or a virtual coffee date) or even bigger things like getting a massage or having someone (that isn’t you) deep clean your car.
Scheduling is a necessary part of any therapy practice, and can also come with tons of stress and pressure! I wanted to round up my top 6 resources for decreasing scheduling stress for your child and adolescent therapy practice:
Scheduling is one of the dreaded tasks of being a child therapist.
There is pressure to produce that one coveted spot that is after school but before sports practice starts for your entire caseload. And the truth is? Those ideal times don’t exist for all of your clients. Even if you worked as much as you could after school you still wouldn’t have space for your entire caseload.
It’s August 15 and you are having the same conversation with each kid client on your caseload. All of them definitely need to move their appointment spot because school is coming up. Most sessions during the day you hear “do you have an appointment after school?”
If you have been around the block a time or two as a therapist you are all too familiar with the intake process.
First comes the intake call and next the scheduled diagnostic assessment. It’s from the diagnostic assessment you get this thing called… well the diagnosis. If you take insurance, the diagnostic code from the DSM-V TR and the ICD-11 (paired with your treatment plan) is your golden ticket to begin to see clients for regularly scheduled therapy sessions.
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,