Reconnecting with My Inner Child for Play Therapy

by Play Therapy Student

Reconnecting with my Inner Child for Play Therapy

Reconnecting with my Inner Child for Play Therapy

Reconnecting with my Inner Child for Play Therapy Reconnecting with my Inner Child for Play Therapy

This project in Play Therapy Class consisted of creating an Inner Child Scrapbook from ten main ideas, based on childhood favorites. Since I had a great family and friends to support me growing up, I truly enjoyed revisiting my childhood past. Writing a letter of apology seemed awkward at first, however, I now realize the therapeutic value and how it can be a source of "self-talk."
Choosing a play date and a weekly childhood activity for the play therapy assignment were easy for me, because I was always very active. I used to ride my bike for miles, growing up in rural Illinois, where safety was not really an issue. My grandparents lived two miles from our home, so I would ride up to visit them frequently. Since I was the oldest of three, we always had a swing set around to play on. I used to love going to the park where I could swing and slide on the much larger play sets.
At some point in time, I believe every little girl dreams of someday being a princess, a Homecoming Queen, or a bride. During my 10th grade year of high school, I got to be on the Homecoming Court, and following college graduation I enjoyed being a bridesmaid for three of my best friends, and then of course, my own wedding : ) Prince Charles and Princess Diana married close to when my husband and I did, and most recently their son had his royal wedding; therefore I have been a "royals" follower for some time now.
My two favorite pages were my "dream birthday party" and "my special inner child place". I have always been a people person, so I naturally love parties. Since eating, swimming, and music are my favorite past times, it only makes sense to combine them all into an all day pool party. Also, I used to spend countless hours up in our home made tree house with my neighbors, brothers, and sometimes just myself.
Growing up on a farm, I have always loved pets, gardens, flowers, and the great outdoors. So for me, I would rather go to a pet store than to a toy store, in order to choose a present (either a puppy or a kitten). I used to have an extensive Barbie collection, and even though I used to do pastels in school Art Contests, I prefer living art...such as flower gardens. The best part of this play therapy project was sharing it with my husband and sons; they now know much more about my childhood memories and activities.

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