I wanted to share this review from the PsychCentral website for a couple of reasons.
First, the idea struck me as fairly interesting because I do believe we all need to be able to pause and have some fun as a part of our healing, as described:
In Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Marion Solomon, and Daniel J. Siegel demonstrate that play can have a significant role in the healing process. Taking the time to relearn how to play as an adult can help build resilience, creativity, and spontaneity for both clients and therapists.
As children, it is natural to explore and use play as a way of learning. But as adults, we are supposed to be more serious. We are often overly concerned with how we appear to others, and too often move through life with the logical parts of our brains. Fortunately, it is possible to retrain ourselves to explore the world with play, and to use it in counseling sessions.
Secondly, I also wanted to ask if any of you incorporated some type of “play therapy” into your healing? It wasn’t any part of my formal work, and that’s OK, I’m not complaining about my own process, but I’m just curious to hear from anyone who did use it as part of theirs who would be willing to describe how that worked for them.
So, if you have, let me know. If you want to write about it, let me know that too. I’d love to get a review of how that worked out for you.
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