The first step in becoming a play therapist is learning all about play therapy miniatues. Let us show you how to use miniatures in play therapy!
I use a lot of tools in Creative Counseling and play therapy. These range from play therapy puppets, doll house, sand tray, art counseling, five senses, and creative play therapy games.
However, the workhorse in Creative Counseling is the play therapy "miniature". It is always amazing to see how something so small can be so powerful in the world of therapy.
My use of miniatures comes from Jungian Psychology. Carl Jung identified parts of the self, or psyche, he termed "Archetypes".
Carl Jung labeled these parts of self as the "child, trickster, shadow, wise old man, wise old woman, devil, hero, God, Apollo, etc.
Reading and studying about Carl Jung's Archetypes is intense and is not easy to comprehend. Basically, the Archetype is part of the "collective unconscious". It is a part of the self or an idea, image, or thought found in the individual psyche.
I like to bring the "Archetype" down to a basic "Creative Counseling Language" by identifying feelings and finding miniatures that match those feelings.
Let's begin to process this by going over what "emotions" or "feelings" you expressed today. Did you get angry? Sad? Happy? Excited? Anxious?
Well, if you were in counseling with me I would ask you to identify those emotions / feelings by choosing a miniature that represents each feeling or emotion.
I also bring in a bit of Margaret Lowenfeld with miniatures. She was the first play therapist to bring miniatures to therapy. She got this idea from the Orson Wells game.
Margaret Lowenfeld believed that as babies we think in picture, then learn language after we learn the language of pictures. She called this pre-verbal thinking. So for every emotion / feeling you have, there is a miniature that can represent that feeling. Only you can pick the miniature that represents your personal thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
Let's get started on the process of identifying your personal miniatures. After you have identified your miniatures through small figurines, or you can clip out some clip art, we can begin to create some personal worlds of your collective unconsciousness.
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My wish is that you will find the benefits of play therapy either as a trained professional play therapist, or play therapy client!
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