The Power of Reflective Listening
One of the chief complaints I hear in my office from clients is that the important people in their lives do not listen to them. Here are samples of the types of things I hear: My parents don't get me. My husband/wife tells me I have nothing to be concerned about, doesn't listen when I talk, makes me feel disrespected, etc My kids tell me I wouldn't understand, I lecture too much, or I just get one word answers out of them. We have all heard some version of these statements
What Exactly IS Play Therapy?
Since most adults communicate mainly by talking, it makes sense that when an adult is struggling with something, they often participate in some form of talk therapy. However, since a child's natural mode of communication is play, play therapy gives them the opportunity to deal with whatever is going on in an environment that encourages healing to take part though play. A therapist trained in play therapy procedures provides selected play materials in order to help the child