Genuine Heart Counseling, LLC

Synergetic Play Therapy™

kid corner brighterPlay is the language children use to communicate their perception of the world as well as how they explore emotions, choices, behaviors and consequences. Synergetic Play Therapy™ is a child-directed model of play therapy that encourages children to bring these explorations to life.

With the ability to lead the play and the support of a safe, respectful relationship with a therapist, children gain greater insight into their internal world of emotions and bodily sensations and greater insight into the perceived challenges in their world. As the therapist teaches emotional regulation techniques, such as naming emotions, breathing, bilateral stimulation (like squeezing or patting her legs), and body awareness, children begin gaining access to alternative ways of handling life situations.


SPTlogoAbout Synergetic Play Therapy™

“Synergetic Play Therapy™ (SPT) is a cutting edge model of play therapy designed to re-pattern the disorganization in the lower brain centers, areas that are often un-addressed in many current play therapy models. Often referred to as “the new paradigm of healing in play therapy” by many students, Synergetic Play Therapy™ is the first researched informed play therapy model to blend together neuroscience, attachment/attunement, therapist authenticity, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, and mindfulness/mindsight and more to get to the heart of the healing process for children (and the therapist!).”


Reduces:                                 Increases:

•Anxiety                                                              •Self-esteem

•Aggressive Behaviors                                       •Empathy

•Outbursts                                                          •Consideration

•Nightmares                                                        •Cooperation

•Excessive shyness                                            •Patience

Through my experiences with clients, I am continually inspired by the profound potential of our brains and bodies to naturally support healing and transformation. My enthusiasm for Synergetic Play Therapy™ comes from this profound potential, its emphasis on child directed play and its roots in authentic expression, attachment, and neuroscience. I love this opportunity of supporting children, through their own language, as they gain better access to their own resources of emotional regulation and perspective. I also love working with parents, whether this is encouraging them to find what’s already working for them, exploring alternative options for managing conflict and discipline, making more effective requests, and establishing healthy, helpful boundaries or brainstorming for creative techniques for their own self care. Give me a call if you think I might be a good fit for you and your family. 

 When a therapist becomes centered, they can facilitate collaborative communication, thus creating a synergy between themselves and the child.

“Such communication allows for the creation of brain connections that are vital  for the development of a child’s capacity for self regulation. (Siegel)”

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