Look into the eyes of the person smashing clay and you see the moment and truth of the pain, not just the memory. It is awesome. Of course it is trickier to get adults to buy in to engaging in imaginative play, but results have shown that play is beneficial for everyone! Plus, adults are already engaging in playful behaviors without even realizing it! Think about adults that dress up for Halloween, or sing aloud in the car, play sports, or go to the casino. These can all be forms of play!
How Play Therapy Treats and Benefits Children and Some Adults
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I recently read an interesting chapter of a book on play therapy and how it is possible for it to be used with adults. At first I was skeptical, I have used play therapy with children for many years now and have found it to be very beneficial in opening children up to dialogue that they would not have been able to do just one on one. But come on, adults know how to openly communicate right? Before we dive into the details, let me give you a quick overview on what Play Therapy is. At its root, play therapy is when a therapist engages with a client by playing with them.
Play Therapy … It’s Not Just For Kids
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. In psychotherapy, play therapy is traditionally used with pre-adolescent children to help the child client act out and communicate the inner world symbolically through games, sports, and dramatic enactments with the child therapist. Rather than directly sitting in a chair and talking to a child about feelings and thoughts, the psychotherapist plays with the child client. Play therapy can take the form of shooting baskets, playing characters with dolls or action figures, or building legos together.
Although the open-door approach provides ongoing support as people find themselves in need, building connection may feel nearly impossible as members trickle in and out each week. I may have 13 women one week and three more the next. Faced with the challenge of leading a group that is in an almost constant state of flux, Johnson uses balloons to help build bridges.