Life is a Stage: Cereal Box Activity Theatre for Play Therapy


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Pay therapy activity: Life is a Stage

Pay therapy activity: Life is a Stage

I made a play therapy stage out of my play therapy cereal box and created a stage complete with red carpet. I have found that life is a stage and that I play many roles. I am a daughter, a runner, a friend, a therapist, and student. Often times I transition roles rather seamlessly, but there are some roles where I noticed I have to literally have a wardrobe change. One such role is being a daughter. My relationship with my mother is slowly mending, but I have to “rehearse my lines” often times before a call to make sure I don’t say anything that might cause a rift. I have learned to let go of my need to make a point as it doesn’t matter in the long run.
My role as a runner is my way of doing self care. When I run I get so much clarity. On the weekends I run with a group which gives me an opportunity to vent and be supported. During my weekday runs where I am alone, I let my mind go free.
I am learning in internship how to better manage my role as a therapist. Clients come in and dump their stuff on us and then walk away 50 minutes later. I have began to set healthy boundaries by honoring the time even though the client was late, terminating a client who is non compliant and referring clients out when their presenting problem may be more than I can handle.
I have a love/hate relationship with my role as a student. I love learning but I can do without the papers and projects. Completing my school work may mean sacrificing playing the role of friend. Fortunately, I have friends who are supportive and understand the demands of a masters’ level program.
Doing this play therapy activity project was enlightening. It wasn’t until after I created the miniatures using the clip art that I realized the pros and cons associated with each role I play.


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