Did you know that a foundational part of emotional regulation is not stopping dysregulation in its tracks, but instead completing the stress cycle?
In the simplest terms our systems need more than just tools to stop the progression of big emotions, they need to learn to ride the wave of emotion and bring their stress response into completion.
How often do you ask clients to identify feelings and get met with “I don’t know”?
Or the ever popular “nothing”.
For most types of therapy and play therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy and EMDR a core part of the process is to help kids know themselves better, identify their feelings, and work to notice where these feelings come up in their bodies.
The struggle is real in play therapy.
Bad guys getting arrested, a tea party getting crashed, and a cow that has wandered away from its family in the barn and can’t find its way back.
Ya know - just a regular Tuesday in the playroom!
So I have a secret.
I never really wanted to work with kids. Well, I wanted to work with teens, but definitely not younger kids. I mean - what would I do with a kindergartener?
What Does It Mean? Case Example of Themes Related to Asking for Toys and Three Questions to Help You Go Deeper
“Can you get me that?”
This is a seemingly simple question that in most cases the appropriate response is “absolutely!”
But in the playroom? Well…. It’s not so simple.
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,