Tackling “Boredom”: Exploring the Deeper Meanings Behind a Child Saying That Play Therapy Is Boring

Dec 21, 2023

In this episode, I respond to a question from Yanna in Massachusetts about how to handle a child who says play therapy is boring. Yana also expressed feeling hurt when the client seemed excited that their next session was canceled after seven months of therapy for deep anxiety. I emphasize the importance of understanding that children’s words might not always reflect their true feelings or needs. Instead of taking it personally, we should focus on understanding the root cause behind their statements. Children might express boredom as a form of avoidance or resistance when facing challenging themes in therapy. I highlight the need to respond with reflective and empathetic communication, acknowledging the child’s feelings without judgment. Additionally, I mention that a child’s statement about therapy being boring could also indicate readiness for termination if they have achieved their therapy goals.

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References:

  • Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
  • VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
  • Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
  • Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.
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