Play Therapy Questions & Answers

Q&A Lightning Round #6: Three Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #6: Three Questions From Listeners Answered

In this lightning round episode, I tackle three listener questions about child-centered play therapy (CCPT). Cindy from California asked how to respond when parents say kids can learn academics, so why can't they learn coping skills the same way. I explain that...

Safe Play: What It Means When a Child Picks the Same Toys Every Time

Safe Play: What It Means When a Child Picks the Same Toys Every Time

In this episode, I address a great question from Katie in Florida about what to do when kids seem unsure of what to play with in later play therapy sessions and gravitate toward the same activities each time. First, I discuss how this pattern could indicate the child...

Q&A Lightning Round #5: Nine Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #5: Nine Questions From Listeners Answered

Episode Summary: In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, Dr. Brenna Hicks addresses several questions from listeners on various topics related to child-centered play therapy. How to Schedule Parent Consultations? Madison in Iowa asks: "I'm wondering how you...

Overcoming Separation Challenges: A Child-Centered Approach

Overcoming Separation Challenges: A Child-Centered Approach

Helping a Child with Separation Anxiety in Play Therapy In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I answer a question from Jemima in England about working with a nine-year-old boy struggling with severe separation anxiety. Jemima has had two sessions with the child...

Q&A Lightning Round #4: 5 Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #4: 5 Questions From Listeners Answered

Lightning Round Q&A #4! - Four listeners contacted me with five questions, so here we go with Lightning Round #4. I'm so grateful to you and your investment in child-centered play therapy. You are why I do this podcast. Thank you for your emails and phone calls. Here...

Decoding Screen-Influenced Play: Insights for Play Therapists

Decoding Screen-Influenced Play: Insights for Play Therapists

In this episode, I delve into a question from Batsheva about how to distinguish between play that stems from a child's imagination versus play influenced by screen time. As someone who authored the book "Device Detox," I'm deeply passionate about reducing children's...

Rethinking Credentials and Embracing Expertise

Rethinking Credentials and Embracing Expertise

In this episode, I address a question from Margaret in Indiana regarding credentialing for play therapy. Margaret, like many others, expressed concern about her lack of formal training in child development and whether it's necessary to become a Registered Play...

I Don’t Use Case Conceptualization, But If I Did…

I Don’t Use Case Conceptualization, But If I Did…

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I address a question from Alexa in Texas about case conceptualization. Alexa, soon to be an RPT, seeks guidance on how case conceptualization fits into the Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) model and how to document it. I...

Q&A Lightning Round #3: 4 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #3: 4 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Lightning Round Q&A #3! - Four listeners contacted me with 5 topics of questions, so here we go with Lightning Round #3. Thank you to Jess for calling into the new call-in number, (813) 812-5525. I'm so grateful to you and your investment in child-centered play...

Q&A Lightning Round #2: 7 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round #2: 7 More Questions From Listeners Answered

Lightning Round Q&A #2! - I've gotten emails saying you like the lightning round format, and the downloads support that opinion, so here we go with Lightning Round #2. Don't forget that I now have a call-in number that you can ask questions as well. (813) 812-5525....

Q&A Lightning Round: 7 Questions From Listeners Answered

Q&A Lightning Round: 7 Questions From Listeners Answered

In this episode, I get caught up on questions that listeners have emailed to me. So put your seatbelt on and hang on for the lightning round of Q&A. Here are the topics of questions answered: - Donna in Virginia - Length of sessions - Katarina - Hugging, terminating...

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...

Hugs And I Love You’s: Responding to Children’s Affection

Hugs And I Love You’s: Responding to Children’s Affection

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I address a significant question from Tammy in rural British Columbia and I received a similar question from listener Katarina. Both inquire about how to respond when children express love or seek hugs during therapy...

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...

Child-Centered Healing: Trauma Processing in the Playroom

Child-Centered Healing: Trauma Processing in the Playroom

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I address a question from Marisol, a newcomer to play therapy, who's working in a community impacted by a traumatic school shooting incident. We delve into understanding trauma in the playroom, emphasizing that the...

Therapist Dilemma: What To Do When A Child Falls Asleep In Session

Therapist Dilemma: What To Do When A Child Falls Asleep In Session

In this episode, I addressed a question from a listener, Kianna in Pennsylvania, who is in an internship and recently inherited a playroom. She's working with three boys whose parents are going through a divorce, and one of the boys has been falling asleep during the...

Tuning In: The Power Of Tone Of Voice In Play Therapy

Tuning In: The Power Of Tone Of Voice In Play Therapy

In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I delve into a topic of the power of tone of voice in play therapy. A listener from Maryland named Batsheva posed an excellent question about how our tone can profoundly impact a therapy session. I discuss the significance...

Q&A: Working With Kids With Sexual Behavior Or Abuse Backgrounds

Q&A: Working With Kids With Sexual Behavior Or Abuse Backgrounds

In this episode of The Play Therapy Podcast, I address the critical topic of working with children who have experienced sexual abuse or exhibit sexualized behaviors. Combining questions from listeners Monica and Anna, I delve into three key aspects: acknowledging and...

What Play Therapy Theme Does Board Game Play Fall Under?

What Play Therapy Theme Does Board Game Play Fall Under?

Ethan from VA emailed me a question asking what play therapy theme board game play falls under. Secondly, Ethan asked what theme it is if the child makes up a game. The answer is not as simple as board game play falls under a specific theme. In this episode, I'll tell...

Q&A: Staying Child-Centered When A Child Invites You Into Their Play

Q&A: Staying Child-Centered When A Child Invites You Into Their Play

Listeners Clay and Joss from Australia emailed me with a question for guidance on how to stay child-centered when a child invites you into their play. Podcast HQ: https://www.playtherapypodcast.com Play Therapy Training HQ: https://www.playtherapynow.com Email me:...

Q&A: Children Bringing Their Own Toys Into The Playroom

Q&A: Children Bringing Their Own Toys Into The Playroom

Kate from South Australia emailed me the following question: "I am wondering what your thoughts are on children bringing in their own soft toys into sessions. I have a new client who has been bringing in his favourite toy and including it into his play. This has...

Q&A: What To Do When A Child Is “Stuck”

Q&A: What To Do When A Child Is “Stuck”

This week's question comes from Yanna in Massachusetts. She poses the question: "I have been working with a 6 year old girl for over 6 months now, my interventions have consisted of child-centered play therapy with emphasis on promoting interoceptive skills. I feel...

Q&A: Child-Centered Play Therapy With Toddlers

Q&A: Child-Centered Play Therapy With Toddlers

IAlicia from Colorado wrote me an email saying "My background is actually Early Intervention, working with families with kids birth to three, so if you feel like discussing your thoughts on Filial/Child-Centered for toddlers, that would be amazing!!" So in this...

Q&A: What If Kids Don’t Move From Aggression To Nurturing Play?

Q&A: What If Kids Don’t Move From Aggression To Nurturing Play?

As a result of listening to the podcast on aggression in the playroom, listener Ethan emailed me "I was wondering if you have worked with a child who has ever played out the aggressive part but never seemed to move towards the nurture part?" In this episode, I answer...

Q&A: How To Become A Registered Play Therapist

Q&A: How To Become A Registered Play Therapist

Tricia emailed me the following question: "Hello! I am currently a graduate student in mental health counseling in the state of New York. Unfortunately there aren’t many resources for play therapy in the upstate area. I’m wondering if you could share your knowledge on...

Q&A: What To Do When A Child Does Not Want To Leave The Playroom?

Q&A: What To Do When A Child Does Not Want To Leave The Playroom?

Listener Sandi from Iowa emailed me this question: "I am hoping you will assist me with a common issue I find in the playroom. Please share an example of how you respond to a child who doesn’t want to leave the playroom..." Thank you so much for emailing me this...

How To Conduct Sibling/Group Play Sessions

How To Conduct Sibling/Group Play Sessions

In this episode, I give my input to a listener who emailed me about their client's Mom, that was interested in sibling sessions. The listener wanted to know if there was anything that I would mention or do. I have done quite a few sibling and group sessions, and I...

The Use Of Aggressive Toys In The Playroom

The Use Of Aggressive Toys In The Playroom

In this week's Q&A episode, I give my take on a listener's question: "I'd love to hear your take on the controversy of using aggressive toys in general." I break down my commentary into the following topics: - Thematically speaking, why aggressive toys are important -...

The Use Of Games In The Playroom (And What To Do About Cheating!)

The Use Of Games In The Playroom (And What To Do About Cheating!)

Jen, a listener from the UK, wrote me an email and asked "I’m wondering if you might be up for doing a podcast on your take on the use of games- uno, table football and guess who are regulars in my sessions and I would love to hear your perspective. There also seems...

6 Assessments To Support What You Are Doing In The Playroom

6 Assessments To Support What You Are Doing In The Playroom

As promised in the last episode, I'm going to go over 6 assessments that can support your work in the playroom. I frequently hear from play therapists that they don't feel supported by peers or employers, or that play therapy is treated as an inferior modality to the...