Be Yourself – Therapist Authenticity in the Playroom

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S We intuitively understand that it is important to be authentic with our clients, but do we understand why authenticity is actually crucial according to our client’s brains? [...]

Have We Forgotten the Most Important Toy in the Playroom?

Have We Forgotten the Most Important Toy in the Playroom? By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Play therapists are dedicated individuals. We work tirelessly to support the children and families with whom we [...]

How and Why a Child’s Brain is Doing What It’s Supposed to Do When Confronting the Unknown

How and Why a Child's Brain is Doing What It's Supposed to Do When Confronting the Unknown How many unknowns are there to a three-year-old? How much is new for a two-month-old [...]

When You “Should” Yourself, It’s a Betrayal to Your Authentic Self

When You "Should" Yourself, It's a Betrayal to Your Authentic Self Do you have thoughts in your head that sound like, “I should,” “I shouldn’t” or “I really need to”?   Of course [...]

The Therapist As the Regulator

The Therapist As the Regulator In this short video, Lisa Dion discusses how the Hippocampus can be repaired. She explains that it is "right-brain to right-brain attuned communication with another individual, such as [...]

2020-05-03T20:40:42-06:00February 2nd, 2017|Lisa Dion, Synergetic Play Therapy|0 Comments

Balancing the Left Brain & the Right Brain in Play Therapy

Balancing the Left Brain & the Right Brain in Play Therapy By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Play therapy is very much a right-brain experience. When a child is playing, their right brain [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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