by Play Therapy Student
Play Therapy Genogram Activity: From Where I Come From
This was my second experience creating a play therapy family genogram in my graduate program. The first time I created a genogram, the most revealing aspect was seeing the emotional bonds that existed amongst the various family members. This genogram experience was even more revealing.
Having the play therapy miniatures speak took me right back to my childhood. It evoked memories that I had completely forgotten about. The process reminded me of the Empty Chair technique in Gestalt therapy.
I found this play therapy genogram to be extremely effective because it incorporated me pouring my feelings into a tangible object, a miniature. This technique also allowed me to express my perspective regarding each member of my family of origin.
I found this technique to be great for therapy because it allows the therapist to discuss various things with the client quickly. The therapist can have the client explain why certain miniatures were chosen for each family member and his or her feelings towards each family member.
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