Synergetic Play Therapists get to the root of the struggle, helping transform the child (and the family) from the inside out. As human beings, we are given a marvelous coping mechanism in our biology called the nervous system. This system acts like a “honing mechanism,” constantly trying to keep us in an optimal state of regulation. When we perceive any form of challenge in our lives, our nervous system gets activated to either rev us up or slow us down–whatever we perceive is necessary to take on the challenge. Every symptom a child struggles with is rooted in an inability for the nervous system to get them back to a state of regulation. When we have an experience that we have labeled as “challenging” in our perceptions, we will attempt to move away from the physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts related to that experience. Neurobiology now shows us that in order for integration to occur, we must move towards the physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts rather than away from them.