Podcast Episodes

Sexualized Activity Theme In Play Therapy

Sexualized Activity Theme In Play Therapy

In this episode, we dive into the challenging topic of sexualized play themes in child-centered play therapy. I discuss how children may act out sexual activities using miniatures, dolls, or figures during play sessions. I emphasize the need for careful interpretation...

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Toy Takers!: Setting Limits On Children Taking Toys Home

Toy Takers!: Setting Limits On Children Taking Toys Home

In this episode, I respond to a question from Stacy in Colorado about children taking toys from the playroom. Stacy describes a situation where a girl repeatedly tries to take toys home, while her sister asks but respects the limit. I explain that children often want...

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Failure Theme In Play Therapy

Failure Theme In Play Therapy

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, we explore the theme of failure in play therapy sessions. I dive into the nuances of failure play and how it differs from mastery play, which was discussed in a previous episode. Failure play can be linked to issues such as...

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Mastery/Competence Play Theme In Play Therapy

Mastery/Competence Play Theme In Play Therapy

In this episode, we're diving into the category of mastery and competence play by looking at Mastery Theme play. This is where kids engage in activities that require a sense of accomplishment. I discuss how these types of play, like building, stacking, or balancing,...

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Exploratory Theme in Play Therapy

Exploratory Theme in Play Therapy

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, we begin the final category of themes—exploration and mastery. It's been incredible to witness your enthusiasm for understanding and applying these themes in your work with children and families. Today, we delve into the...

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Escape Play Theme In Play Therapy

Escape Play Theme In Play Therapy

In this episode, we delve into the fifth theme within the safety play category: Escape Play. This particular theme marks a shift from the previous ones – containing, protection, danger, and rescue. Here, the focus is on a character, often the child themselves,...

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Building Trust: The Key to Engaging Parents in Play Therapy

Building Trust: The Key to Engaging Parents in Play Therapy

In this episode, I address a crucial question from Bethany in Mississippi about how to handle corporal punishment in her community where it's still prevalent. Although it's not directly linked to the playroom, it involves supporting parents—a critical aspect of our...

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Rescue Play Theme In Play Therapy

Rescue Play Theme In Play Therapy

In this week's episode, I delved into rescue play, which happens to be the fourth of the five safety play themes. Rescue play is often intertwined with the danger theme, providing a powerful means for children to address and resolve negative scenarios. When a child...

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Danger Play Theme In Play Therapy

Danger Play Theme In Play Therapy

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, we explore the concept of danger as a safety play theme in the playroom. So we will dive into the nuances of this theme, clarifying that despite its name, danger play falls under the safety category. I talk about how...

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Protection Play Theme in Play Therapy

Protection Play Theme in Play Therapy

In this episode, we're delving into the theme of Protection Play, the second segment within the safety play themes. It's crucial to distinguish Protection Play from Containing Play, ensuring a clear understanding. Protection Play is about safeguarding something or...

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