One of the most important questions I ask on nearly every individual or group consultation session after I learn more about the symptoms, struggles, and stuck points is “what are your goals for this client”?
This question is quickly followed by “what was the baseline when they came into therapy?”.
Sometimes when the play therapy door closes you think “what exactly just happened there”?
You know those sessions - maybe you weren’t quite sure what themes were coming up for a child and if it was play therapy or “just playing” (get more support on that HERE!). Maybe you spent the entire session listening to the middle school gossip and struggled to balance maintaining rapport and shifting it back to their goals. Other times it might look like glares, loooong periods of silence, and “I don’t know” seems to be the response to every question.
Play therapy sessions are intended to have a specific theory or framework that determines exactly what to do and when during your play therapy sessions.
And after the playroom door shuts you go to your computer to type up the progress notes, which are meant to demonstrate… well… progress!
So, how often do you think “what did we actually DO”? It’s pretty rare for a client to demonstrate significant and miraculous progress each and every session until termination. And that’s because life isn’t linear - and neither is the road to healing.
One thing I LOVE to share most when working on documentation with fellow therapists is this one simple shift in creating goals.
And just what is this shift?
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,