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Integrating Extremes

Aggression and Death in the Play Room

"With great skill, Lisa focuses our attention on how the autonomic nervous system is at the center of our work with our young ones. She translates the science into practical ways we can be with ourselves and with our clients to foster healing the extreme emotions that are touched in play. With humor and compassion, Lisa offers a way through these challenging times. A very helpful read for any play therapist." - Bonnie Badenoch, Phd, LMFT Author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist






Play therapy can do more than we thought. Much more. Integrating Extremes: Aggression and Death in the Play Room offers a new perspective on working with kids. Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, provides therapists with a science-based process for working with children at the deepest, most profound levels of healing while staying safe and sane. Integrating Extremes is a book that explores a new understanding of aggression and death play that’s based on brain function and neuroscience. It presents therapists with a framework to authentically work with the intensity of aggression and death play without causing their own nervous systems to start to shut down. Integrating Extremes shows therapists how to facilitate aggression and death play in a way that truly allows healing to occur, for both the therapist and the child.

In this book, Lisa will:

1. Help you understand the neuroscience behind aggressive and death play.

2. Teach you how to facilitate highly aggressive play and death play without causing your own nervous system to shut down.

3. Teach you how to set boundaries without shaming or shutting the child down.

4. Help you understand how the brain processes information, the four threats that activate us into a fight/flight/freeze/fall asleep response and why this is so important to know when working with children.

5. Teach you how to regulate yourself in the midst of intense play so that you can model to your child clients how to do the same.

6. Show you how your authenticity is an integral part to integrating extreme energy in the play room.

and much more!

"This groundbreaking book brings to light the scientific fact that it isn't about the child's behavior; it's about the child's regulation--as well as the therapist's regulation. This book will be an invaluable resource that finally gives therapist's permission to get back to playing with children instead of "therapizing" them." - Heather T. Forbes- Author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control.


Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Lisa Dion is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Level II EMDR Practitioner, Parent Educator and Senior Certified Demartini Method™ Facilitator. She is an international teacher, creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy,” clinical author and researcher, and the founder and director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado. Lisa also trains and supervises therapists across the world in therapeutic skill development and business creation. 

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