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What Emotional Intelligence Really Means

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S How would you define emotional intelligence?  When I define emotional intelligence, I define it as the capacity to BE with. But be with what?... The capacity to [...]

Más allá de las palabras: Una historia de conexión

Por Lisa Dion LPC, RPT-S Me senté en medio de la habitación y esperé. Me preguntaba qué niño vendría a mí. Ella vino. Tenía unos 6 años y ni siquiera sé su [...]

How Trying To Be Calm Gets In The Way Of Regulation

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Have you heard the idea that a child needs a calm adult in order to regulate? The idea that an adult's "calm" presence is the answer to [...]

Authenticity in the Playroom

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S "I assure you that it's okay to be yourself in the playroom. In fact, it's necessary if you're going to help a child regulate through intense play, [...]

Spring Cleaning Your Playroom: Don’t Throw Away the Broken

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Spring (or even Fall if you reside in a country in the Southern hemisphere 😉) comes with many things - longer days, warmer weather, blooming trees and [...]

Beyond Words: A Story of Connection

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S I sat down in the middle of the room and waited.  I wondered which child would come to me?  She came.  She was about 6 years old [...]

“What Did I Do?”: When Touch Arises in the Playroom

By Sonya Joyce “What Did I Do?” is an incredible dissertation that explores the inner experiences of child and adolescent psychotherapists when touch arises in the playroom. Sonya submitted this thesis to [...]

Technology Inside the Playroom: Does Plugging in Mean Zoning Out?

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Some therapists hold to the rule that the playroom is an electronics-free zone. Others embrace technology, viewing it as another tool at their disposal. Where you stand [...]

Cooperative Games in Play Therapy

Cooperative Games are growing in popularity, likely because of their ability to cultivate teamwork and appreciation of one another. In the playroom, they're used effectively with siblings and families, reminding each player [...]

Setting Goals Inside the Playroom

by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S As 2018 kicks off, many people resolve to do something different. You might vow to hit the gym and get in shape or hit the books and [...]

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