Episode #9: The Importance of Gratitude in the Playroom

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… It’s easy to have gratitude for the good things in our lives, but what about the challenges? In this podcast, you’ll learn how appreciation can widen your window of tolerance and open your heart. You’ll also learn that clients come into our playrooms…

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Have We Forgotten the Most Important Toy in the Playroom?

Have we forgotten the most important toy in the playroom? By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Play therapists are dedicated individuals. We work tirelessly to support the children and families with whom we work. We also study, a lot. We choose to spend weekends away from our loved ones and our personal lives learning how to…

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Dear 40….

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Dear 40, I’ve always known I’d meet you – I even knew exactly when. I’ve been looking forward to it since I was 20, half my life ago. I don’t know why – not fully – but I’ve always wondered about you. What you’d be like. How you’d make me…

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Episode 8 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: An Interview with an Eleven-Year-Old about Play Therapy

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Kids say the darndest things and they also ask the best questions. Join Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S as she’s interviewed by her eleven-year-old daughter, Avery.  Listen in as they go back and forth discussing the power of play and hear Avery’s advice to all…

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What Does it Really Mean to Go Home?

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S It’s my last night in Melbourne, Australia.  My bags are packed.  My boarding pass is in hand.  My alarm is set to make sure I get to the airport on time.  Soon, I’ll be on my way back to Colorado, exchanging the Down Under for the Mile High.  Yet, as I…

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The Long Goodbyes: Giving Children Permission to Feel During Loss

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S Change surrounds us. The leaves fall from trees, animals go extinct, birthdays come and go, people leave and people die.  Saying goodbye is part of our daily lives and yet we don’t always allow ourselves to really acknowledge the feelings that can come with these changes. Recently, a school administrator approached…

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Episode 7 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Voicing the Toy and Observational Statements with the Brain in Mind

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Voicing the toy is an important part of play therapy, but it’s the child’s voice that should prove loudest.  In this podcast, Lisa offers tips on helping the child stay engaged in their process. She explains why sticking to the facts and clarity…

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Learning Bracelets and the Importance of Movement in the Classroom

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S “Mom, I am struggling because I can’t concentrate in class!” This is something most children have said at some point – maybe they feel that science is boring, math is too hard, or history is so last year. But, while it’s a common utterance, it’s also one that speaks volumes.…

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Five Out-of-the-Box Ways to Connect With Your Child

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S We know our children – we raise them, we love them, we struggle with them, we grow with them. But, as the years go by, things change. From tiny fingers wiggling underneath bathroom doors to the slamming sound of bedroom doors, parenthood is nothing is not inconsistent. The connection also…

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Episode 6 “Lessons from the Playroom” Podcast: Endings and Transitions

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… It’s hard to say goodbye, especially for children! How do you help kids transition at the end of a play session? How do you help them transition at the conclusion of therapy altogether? How do you help them face the unknown? In this…

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“Lessons from the Playroom” Episode 5 – When & Why to Set Boundaries in the Playroom

Girls screaming

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Setting boundaries in the playroom can be quite the confusing process!  When to set them? How to set them? Why to set them? Is it important to set them? These are just a few of the questions that Lisa will address in this…

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Synergetic Play Therapy Techniques- How to Apply Them Every Day to Self

By Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S At breakfast time, I went downstairs to the hotel restaurant to eat and to spend 30 minutes to prepare for a six-hour seminar I planned to teach that day — working with sand in play therapy. I felt poised and inspired to spend the day teaching and engaging with a room full…

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“Lessons from the Playroom” Episode 4 – What Our Playroom Says About Us

“The truth is the size of the room doesn’t really matter. Children will do their work wherever they need to do their work. Ultimately the size of the room is not going to influence where the child is going to go. In fact, the way you show up in the playroom and your presence in the playroom and what you’re able to bring to the room has a much more significant impact than the size of the room or whether or not there are windows.” -Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Did you know that your playroom is a reflection of you?  What you put in it and how you set it up is information to the child about where you are willing to go emotionally and what is happening in your own nervous…

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Body Image & How You Can Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food

Parents & Caregivers: Positive Body Image Starts at Home!

Parents & Caregivers: Positive Body Image Starts at Home! By Chelsea Hester In a world that is populated with diets, food advertisements, and models of only certain shapes and colors, children of all ages are being bombarded by external messages about who they ‘should’ be and what they ‘should’ look like daily. These messages, if not…

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“Lessons from the Playroom” Episode 3 – How to Recognize Empowerment in the Playroom

Therapists are so good at identifying and working with the problem, but are we as trained to also recognize empowerment?  In this podcast, Lisa addresses why it can be challenging to recognize when a child is moving into empowerment and shares multiple strategies to help you identify when your child clients are overcoming their challenges.

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Therapists are so good at identifying and working with the problem, but are we as trained to also recognize empowerment?  In this podcast, Lisa addresses why it can be challenging to recognize when a child is moving into empowerment and shares multiple strategies…

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Emotions from the Inside Out, Part 2

Emotions from the Inside out

Tips To Help Families & Children Through Transitions “It takes courage to let go of the familiar and embrace the new.”-Alan Cohen By Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT Everybody has emotions and feelings, but not everybody feels or expresses their emotions. For many years, I thought that emotions and feelings were synonyms, but they are in fact…

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Teaming with Teachers – Working With a Client’s School

By Judith Norman, MA, MS, LPC, RPT-S Have you tried working with a client’s school and found it challenging? If so, you are not alone; this is often the case. While everyone may want to work together for a child, it’s easy to begin to feel that we are not on the same side. If our…

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“Lessons from the Playroom” Episode 2 – How to Leave Play in the Playroom (i.e. Not Take It Home)

“Stressors can become really significant when you have numerous traumatized kids on your caseload or if you have a really complicated family or child that you’re trying to support. And unless you learn to regulate and discharge, you’ll likely take some aspect of it home with you. Over time this will create burnout and “compassion fatigue”; energetically your nervous system will become fried. It’s your job to find ways to find ways to regulate, expand your window of tolerance so that your nervous system can expand to hold the energy in the room and return to a more aligned state.” -Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Click Here to Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes! Or listen now… Have you ever gone home at the end of the day only to realize that you can’t stop thinking or dreaming about your clients? Once home, have you found yourself agitated or highly fatigued and not totally sure why?   Chances are your clients…

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Help Your Child Overcome Nameless Anxiety

Children know what to do! By Annie Brook, Ph.D. Children share their emotional and body-based experiences in an attempt to integrate life events; including experiences in utero, at birth and post birth. These pre-cognitive events shape a child’s behavior, especially under stress. One common emotional experience children have is “nameless anxiety,” which can enter the…

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Emotions From the Inside Out, Part 1

Inside Out, Erin Bennetts

 Tips for Building Emotional Regulation Skills By Erin Bennetts, LCSW, RPT Recently I was meeting with a new client’s parents for the first time. We were discussing their desired outcome for their child’s engagement in play therapy. “We just want him to find ways to manage his intense feelings,” “It would be great if he…

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Be Yourself – Therapist Authenticity in the Playroom

Be Yourself--authentic therapist in the playroom

Lisa Dion Recommends Therapists Be Authentic in the Playroom We intuitively understand that it is important to be authentic with our clients, but do we understand why authenticity is actually crucial according to our client’s brains? Did you know that your client’s brains are actually looking for signs in you that determine how authentic you are…

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