We have a really fun topic! Lisa is joined by the fantabulous Maria Laquerre Diego to unravel the intriguing world of villains in play therapy! (…Learn more about Maria and some of the amazing trainings she offers to play therapists below.) In this episode, Maria shares her experiences incorporating villain characters into therapy, providing clients with a unique opportunity to explore their identities and feel seen.

Get ready to talk about all things villainous! Join Maria and Lisa and discover:

  • The significance of viewing villains as complex characters with their own motivations and narratives, offering a fresh perspective on clients’ struggles and the realization that villains are not diagnosable.
  • Insight into the indispensable role of villains in our lives, exploring why heroes cannot exist without their counterparts.
  • An exploration of the perspective-dependent nature of labeling heroes and villains, challenging binary thinking.
  • The connection between a child’s perception of themselves or their world and their attraction to both hero and villain characters.
  • Practical applications, including the use of sand tray figures and dress-up items, to delve into the duality within oneself.
  • The encouragement to follow the client’s lead, allowing them to be the expert in their process, whether identifying with heroes or villains.

This episode will challenge the binary thinking of good and bad and help to embrace the nuanced nature of traits based on individual perspectives. Join the conversation as Maria and Lisa invite you to explore your own perceived “hero” and “villainous” qualities with curiosity and without judgment. It’s time to own and celebrate all the parts within us!

*A self-described geek, Maria Laquerre Diego, LMFT, RPT-S is a therapist turned CEO. In addition to supporting mental health providers, Maria takes an active role in addressing the continued stigma of mental health services through the use of pop culture – everything from movies and television shows to superheroes and Disney characters. Maria has spoken about mental health at several local events, has served as an officer on professional boards, and has provided training to clinicians all over the country. Check out her upcoming play therapy conference, Play Therapy: To Infinity & Beyond!, scheduled March 5-10, 2024 at the fantabulous Disneyland Resort!

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