The House, Water, Tree, Sun, Animal Art Counseling Technique for Play Therapist to Use

by Play Therapy Student
(Locust Grove, GA, USA)

 House, Water, Tree, Sun, Animal, Play Therapy Technique

House, Water, Tree, Sun, Animal, Play Therapy Technique

This play therapy activity was fun. I drew a picture of my current house, except we are not blessed with a pond or lake. It's interesting to see all of the various meanings. According to the symbols dictionary, the house is one of the centers of the world and the symbol of a woman. It means shelter and security. My house is large and takes up most of the page. A tree is also a feminine symbol and is nourishing and sheltering.

A representation of life itself. My tree is the second largest symbol on my picture for play therapy. Water, according to the symbols dictionary, also represents life. I am a Christian so water has spiritual meaning for me. It is cleansing and a part of the means of grace. Water is an essential element for living.

The sun in this play therapy drawing, according to the symbols dictionary, is the universal father. I don't consider it the universal father, God is the universal father. It is the center of being and intuition, it is knowledge and warmth, glory and splendour. The final symbol on my drawing is a dog.

According to the symbols dictionary, a dog is symbolically associated with loyalty and vigilance, often acting as guardian and protector. Dogs are portrayed as guides and companions, hence the notion of "man's best friend."

This is the URL for the symbols dictionary used in the interpretation of my drawing:

http://www.umich.edu/~umfandsf/symbolismproject/symbolism.html/index.html

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