Play Therapy Mystery Counseling Session for Therapist to Try: Private Island

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Play Therapy Mystery Counseling Session Private Island Example 1

Play Therapy Mystery Counseling Session Private Island Example 1

For the play therapy mystery counseling session, I pulled Private Island from the bag. I decided to use myself as the client for the counseling session. I am currently under a lot of stress and thought the idea of being on a private island would be nice right now. The idea of using the miniatures also felt like a good idea for me.
I began with selecting different construction paper. The first selection was to draw waves on the blue paper to be the waves. I then layered an ivory piece of paper as the sand and then a darker piece as the land on the island. For the trees I made palm trees out of construction paper as well.
I drew a picture of a lounge chair and placed it between the two trees. I then placed the tiger on the chair which is me and then surrounded myself with different miniatures. These miniatures represent different people in my life who are creating a lot of stress for me right now. The crab is my husband who has been in a terrible mood right now. The two fish are my mother and sister, and the turtle is my mother-in-law. All three of them are placing demands on me that are difficult to fulfill currently.
I used the island to realize how much outside stress I have on me right now. After building the island and looking at the miniatures I placed gave my stress to the island. I closed my eyes and imagined myself sitting under the trees and feeling the breeze on my face. It was nice to sit and think about being on a much needed vacation. After regrouping, I am going to place some boundaries on people asking me to do more than is possible.
I liked doing the mystery session. I can see how this is beneficial for counselors to be able to come up with creative ideas on the spot. Being prepared with plenty of supplies is also important to do session like these. By practicing these type of play therapy sessions, I feel better prepared.

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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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