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About This Show
Play Therapy Community will present a fresh, insightful episode once a week, usually on Thursday mornings.
On this podcast, we will cover topics such as play therapy techniques and resources, group therapy, maternal mental health, picky eaters, struggles in school, behavioral issues, grief and loss, and so much more. We’ll also delve into specific diagnosis such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, etc. Difficult topics, such as parenting through separation/divorce, depression, anxiety struggles, relationship struggles, and such will be explored as well.
As the host of Play Therapy Community, I feel honored that you are joining us on this journey for knowledge to truly help our children in a way that honors their mind, body, and soul. My name is Jackie Flynn, and I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Play Therapist, Education Specialist, Adolescent Life Coach and a Parent Educator.
Most Recent Episode
69: Synergetic Play Therapy with Lisa Dion
Lisa Dion is the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy and is the founder and director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado She is experienced in many settings to include private practice, schools, social services, foster care agencies, and orphanages. Synergetic Play Therapy’s name was influenced by Lisa’s love for the brain and understanding what happens in the nervous system. The collaboration between the child and the therapist, and on a deeper level between the mind, breath, body is an important support in the therapeutic process. Through this realization, she was drawn to the word “synergy” since it is the idea that when 2 parts come together, the effect is so much greater than what they are individually. Collaboration within the therapist, child and between them both is cultivated. Through Lisa’s work, before she created Synergetic Play Therapy, she felt like something was missing. She had a personal experience with her daughter that gave her an intuitive felt sense of the importance of bringing in the nervous system getting into the somatics. Becoming an external regulator can take it to a deeper level of healing. Accessing the brainstem allows for work involving the level of attunement such as what’s present between a caregiver and an infant. Lisa’s students say that it feels like a way of being rather than a model. Her students report transforming through the process and it spills over into their other relationships. Synergetic Play Therapy is not a list of fun techniques or activities to do with the child, but rather it is a “way of being”. One of her students said, “Synergetic Play Therapy gives birth to the authentic self within the child and the therapist.” Lisa urges her students to study as many philosophies and models of play therapy as possible to maximize their abilities. Implicit memories bring a feeling and a felt sense that was placed in the early years. Often before the age 3, the implicit memories provide the structures in the brain. When Lisa’s daughter was born, she was emotionally dysregulated. While Lisa was pregnant with her, they both experienced a car crash. When she was born, Lisa was on a journey to help her rewire her nervous system. She had her first play therapy experience at
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