Mystery Counseling Session-Secret Garden in Play Therapy

by Andrea E. O'Neal
(Decatur, GA, USA)

Mystery Counseling Session-Secret Garden in Play Therapy

Mystery Counseling Session-Secret Garden in Play Therapy

My play therapy mystery counseling session is for a boy or girl living in an abusive home environment. I used my sand tray to make round faces that depict feelings. The child can help make one of these figures using construction paper, crayolas or markers, tape and colored straws so that the figures stand up in the sand. There are figures that represent each member of his or her family along with miniatures. After the child makes the figure with the feeling he/she will find a member of the family and place that figure by the appropriate feeling. I also included miniatures for added language and comfort while doing this exercise. The goal is for the child to talk about feelings and how it feels to be in a family that is chaotic and abusive. An introduction to this exercise: This is our sand tray and it is a Secret Garden, we will make figures that uncover our feelings using our family members and miniatures. I think this is an activity that could easily be done in about 20 minutes.

Andrea E. O'Neal

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