What is Shelter House
Play Therapy?

Part Four

Copyright 2014 (c) by Dr. Michelle Stangline

This new play therapy technique is ideal for all types of therapists, psychologists, social workers, and school counselors who need to work in the brief therapy model within a limited time frame. 

There is little need for translation when one goes directly to the feelings of the clients. All the superficial fluff is removed from the therapy process.

The school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker will also be able to benefit from the use of Shelter House Therapy. This therapy can be modified for schools and for the students needing counseling on a school level.

"Feeling Cubes" are part of the Shelter House Therapy concept. These are recommended for the basic therapy needs for adults, teens, adolescents, and children. Six basic colored "Feeling Cubes" come with the Shelter House Therapy package.

However, young children and adolescents may prefer the “Furry Feelings” that can help the younger client or student process feelings on a more “play based” level. These "Furry Feelings" (see above photo)can be purchased separately on the website at www.creativecounseling101.com.

The design of the "Shelter Therapy House" is intentional due to the view scope used in the client’s phenomenological world and levels of conscious thought.

This “Shelter Therapy House” is basically a house of “feelings”.  Within the confines of the five room compartments of “Shelter Therapy House” the client can feel safe and express their deepest feelings and thoughts in a secure framework.

The Shelter Therapy House is open in the back and front to allow room for movement and to bring forth several hidden feelings of the psyche. It is a world that must be entered with a trusted therapist when used in therapy. It is the job of the therapist to make the client feel safe in this “Shelter House Therapy World”.

Unlike the Sand Tray Therapy technique, the “Shelter Therapy World” is much clearer for the client and the therapist. Feelings are identified and used within the house. A lot of the “mystery” is taken away.

It is true to Dr. Lowenfeld’s “pre-verbal imagery” use in the sand tray. However, the "mental games and guesses" of sand tray therapy and play therapy are completely removed. The therapist will find “Shelter Therapy” a faster, more effective therapy than any therapy used today. 


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