Play Therapy Game to Use in Play Therapy: (Feelings Chess Game)

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Play therapy game to use in Play Therapy: Feelings Chess Game

Play therapy game to use in Play Therapy: Feelings Chess Game

On the left side of my play therapy game chess board, I picked the two not so positive words that described what was going on with me. I felt drained and sick as I was in the midst of recovering from a sinus infection. I picked a robot to depict the drained feeling as I felt like I was on auto pilot. I pit Igor, a character from Winnie the Pooh, to represent my feeling of being sick because I was considering hosting a pity party for myself because of the enormous tasks that I had to complete. On the right side I listed my positive feelings which included peaceful and encouraged. I used a sea shell to represent peaceful because I am most at peace when I am near water. I used a fish to represent encouraged because I love the line in “Finding Nemo” where Dory says, “Just keep swimming.” I drew a heart at the center of my board because I believe that in order for me to achieve harmony with these conflicting emotions and feelings I need to center myself. I often use mindful meditation and practice self love. The arrows I drew represents the path to getting back centered.

When I was first introduced to the play therapy game exercise, I found it hard to grasp the concept. It took me a moment to figure out how to make the game useful in a session. I am very linear in my thinking, so I decided to use the two column approach. This technique was good because I got to see if the not so positive feelings outweighed my positive feelings. From there I was able to have some internal dialogue about what I needed to do to get back centered and focus. I decided not host the pity party but rather practice self care by taking my medication and retiring to bed a bit earlier so my body can refuel. I let go of my long to do list and picked the top 3 pressing items.

I will definitely used this play therapy game with the variation I mentioned with my adult clientele. It is a great way to unpack the emotions, weigh the positive versus the negative and develop a treatment plan to get them back balanced and whole.

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"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.

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