Tools, Tips & Techniques

When You’re Feeling Stuck

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S The other thing I know with certainty is that the very thing Iā€™m afraid of is precisely the direction I need to go. My brain likes [...]

Exploring Neurobiological Links between Synergetic Play Therapy and Art Psychotherapy

By Vicki Soar This post is something I am very passionate about. Iā€™ve noticed with both art and play therapy it leaves people thinking what is that, how does that work? So, [...]

How to Truly Practice Self Care

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S This is such a good reminder for all of us!ā€¦ We know that self-care is really important ... We tend to think of it as perhaps [...]

Resources and Links to Advance Your Practice

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S It may not come as surprise that the most requested topics people asked me to talk about last year was why regulation doesnā€™t mean ā€œcalmā€ and how [...]

An Examination of Child-Centered Play Therapy & Synergetic Play Therapy

By Bethany J. Townsend, Ph.D., Lindsay Ishman, Lisa Dion & Kara L. Carnes-Holt Original Manuscript: To read the author's original manuscript (pdf version) for free, please click here. Abstract: Child-Centered Play Therapy [...]

Spring Cleaning Your Playroom: Donā€™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 šŸ˜‰) comes with many things - longer days, warmer weather, blooming trees and [...]

When a Child’s Nervous System is in Collapse Response / SHUT DOWN

By Heather Fairlee Denbrough, LiCSW, RPT-S,Ā Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Collapse (also called ā€œhypo-arousalā€) is a response like fight-or-flight, but we shut down instead of jump into action. It is a survival response [...]

Neuroception of Safety: Not Always What We Think

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Creating a neuroception of safety inside the playroom is something that we, as therapists, strive to do. But what, exactly, does this mean? Does it mean knowing [...]

Letā€™s Not Forget ā€œThe Perfect Childā€

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Have you ever noticed that the children who tend to make their way to your office are the ones that are acting out, aggressive, non-compliant, and anxious? [...]

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