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.
I'm Ann Meehan, an LPCC,