Last year one of my friends reached out to talk…about dinosaur poop.
Specifically what it might mean if during a play sequence a dinosaur pooped in a very specific way and the sequence was repeated over and over.
These are the exciting conversations play therapists get to have!
Child Centered Play Therapy can be one of the theories where imposter syndrome hits hard. As you enter the child’s play you do so with radical acceptance that you will never know 100% of what the child is playing out (even though you may have some excellent ideas).
And it makes sense that one of the most frequent questions I get asked from supervisees and consultees is “Am I even doing anything here?”. If this is a question you have check out more on that HERE!
If you are a play therapist you have likely wondered “what does this all mean” and you definitely have thought “am I even doing anything here?”
Okay - before you go any further, grab my FREE guide on how to identify play themes, dive deeper into how play therapy is different from “just playing”, and check out why I don’t believe any play is without a theme.
If you are a Child Centered Play Therapist or do non directive Play Therapy, you know that knowing exactly what each play sequence and move means is not essential to a child’s growth and progress in play therapy.
Additionally, if we are so focused on dissecting and analyzing everything in the moment it’s highly likely that we aren’t going to be present enough and hold the unconditional space children need for healing.
AND yet, I still think that finding, assessing, and getting curious about the meaning behind the play holds so much value in play therapy.
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,