How Therapists Deal with Aggression in the Playroom

How Therapists Deal with Aggression in the Playroom By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S In our culture, aggression tends to be viewed as a no-no. When a child starts to play aggressively in [...]

The Significance of Neuroscience in Play Therapy

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S It’s crucial to bring the brain and neuroscience into the play therapy process if we really want to understand what is happening in the mind and bodies [...]

Authenticity: The Playroom Is The Place Where You Should Be You

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S It happened again. I was wrapping up my two-day conference teaching play therapists all about Synergetic Play Therapy, and I cried. I cry almost every time. The [...]

Lead With Your Heart

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S “Lead with your heart” is what I heard myself whisper to my daughter Avery, who lay curled up in my arms with tears pouring down her face. [...]

2022-02-22T05:53:09-07:00October 27th, 2016|Lisa Dion, Parents, Special Topics, Therapists|0 Comments

The Therapist: The Most Important Toy in the Playroom

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S This is such an important question because the field has overemphasized the child’s process and has not emphasized the therapist’s process enough or the roll the therapist [...]

2022-02-22T05:51:43-07:00October 21st, 2016|Lisa Dion, Synergetic Play Therapy, Therapists|1 Comment

In the Eye of the Tornado: Finding the Blessing in Chaos

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S "When I sink into the tornado and allow myself to just spin and swirl, somehow I find the eye and soon the sun comes out." Have you [...]

Breaking Out of the “Shoulds”

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S I once worked with a nine-year-old client named Joey*. He really struggled in school. He had a very focused interest on one thing/task, and everything else was [...]

Synergetic: What does it mean? Attunement, Connection, Collaboration…

Synergetic: What does it mean? Attunement, Connection, Collaboration... "When you’re working at the level that Synergetic Play Therapy works at, you’re really experiencing synergy in the playroom. It’s a deep level of [...]

2021-08-09T03:55:22-06:00September 17th, 2016|About SPT, Lisa Dion, Synergetic Play Therapy, Therapists|0 Comments

Are You Missing Something in Your Sandbox?

Are You Missing Something in Your Sandbox? by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S While not for every client or therapist, sand can calls to us and draws us in. Something about it seems [...]

What Regulation Really Means

What Regulation Really Means The more therapists I teach, the more aware I become that the concept of regulation or becoming regulated is often misunderstood. Many people think that being regulated means [...]

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