The following are peer reviewed journal articles regarding Synergetic Play Therapy:

Dion, L., & Gray, K. (2014). Impact of therapist authentic expression on emotional tolerance in synergetic play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 23(1), 55–67.

Simmons, J. (2020). Moving Toward Regulation Using Synergetic Play Therapy. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(3), 242–258. Retrieved from

Townsend, Bethany & Ishman, Lindsay & Dion, Lisa & Holt, Kara. (2021). An Examination of Child-Centered Play Therapy and Synergetic Play Therapy. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling. 7. 1-14. 10.1080/23727810.2021.1964931.

Yian, Q.S., & Yong, M. (2022). The Inner Hum Project: A Psychosocial Program for Children Building Emotional Resilience during the Pandemic in Malaysia. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature 60(2), 50-59. doi:10.1353/bkb.2022.0025.

Additional Publications written by or contributed to by Lisa Dion & other Certified Synergetic Play Therapists

Dion, L. & Schaad, J. (2021). Synergetic Play Therapy Combined with EMDR Therapy. In A. Beckley-Forest & A. Monaco (Eds.), EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach (pp. ). Springer Publishing Company.

Dion, L. (2018). Aggression in play therapy: A neurobiological approach for integrating intensity. W.W. Norton & Company.

Keating, B. (2023). Diving into the World of Online Play Therapy. In H. Weinberg, A. Rolnick, & A. Leighton (Eds.), Advances in Online Therapy: Emergence of a new Paradigm (pp: 299-307). Routledge.

LaPiere, R., & Dion, L. (2022). Using Nature to Create Safety for Medical Trauma. In J.A. Courtney, J.L. Langley, L.L. Wonders, R. Heiko (Eds.), Nature-based play and expressive therapies: Interventions for working with children, teens, and families (pp. ). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Howell, D. 2021, March 1. The story of Tim; how a therapist’s own experience of shame & confusion helped a boy recover. [Blog post]. Retrieved from family-violence/