Presence in Play Therapy
Much to Barbie’s chagrin, you’re the most important toy in the playroom. Still, showing up for a session isn’t enough: you must be fully present too. But in order to become present with the child, you must first learn how to be present with yourself.
1:30 Lisa announces plans for 2020
5:20 Presence is a sense of connection within our own body first
5:50 To be with others requires us to be with ourselves
6:30 How can we look within?
8:00 What is dual awareness?
9:26 Becoming the external regulator
10:21 Cultivating the inner world of the clinician
11:27 It is the relationship that heals within the playroom, which means the therapist must be deeply present
12:31 Presence is the play therapists’s ability to be with whatever is happening
13:40 Why is presence so important?
14:59 Learning to sit with and breathe into
16:24 How can analyzing work against you?
17:00 Presence isn’t just about showing up; it’s about participating with the fullness of you
18:30 You can not attune to the child unless you are an active participant
22:00 Being present with yourself
22:57 Sensations and emotions are just information
24:00 Allowing yourself to feel a little bit more in the playroom