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How is Synergetic Play Therapy different than other play therapy models? (Not all play therapy is the same!)

Synergetic Play Therapists literally get to the root of the struggle, helping transform the child (and the family) from the inside out. As human beings we are given a marvelous coping mechanism in our biology called the nervous system. In simple terms, the nervous system acts like a "honing mechanism" constantly trying to keep us in an optimal state of regulation. When we perceive any form of challenge in our lives, our nervous system gets activated to either rev us up or slow us down- whatever we perceive is necessary to take on the challenge. Every symptom that a child struggles with is rooted in an inability for the nervous system to get them back to a state of regulation.

When we have an experience that we have labeled as “challenging” in our perceptions, we will attempt to move away from the physical sensations, emotions and thoughts related to that experience. Neuro-biology now shows us that in order for integration to occur, we must move towards the physical sensations, emotions and/or thoughts rather than away from them.

Synergetic Play Therapists understand the neuro-science behind the transformation process and are able to work with a child (and the family) in such a way that targets:

1) Supporting the child in moving toward the uncomfortable sensations, emotions and thoughts that they might be experiencing. The result is that the child learns how to integrate manage their internal experiences faster.

2) Helping the child feel empowered in his/her physical body, while learning new and more effective ways of expressing emotions that he/she can take with them their whole life.

3) Teaching the child how to stay connected to themselves so that their authentic self emerges and their belief in self increases.  The child learns how to communicate effectively and enjoy more fulfilling relationships.

 

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