Play is as important to human happiness and well being as love and work. Some of the greatest thinkers of all time, including Aristotle and Plato, have reflected on why play is such a fundamental part of life. One may ask why play therapy? Play is the child’s language. Though play, essential life skills are practiced .
Synergetic Play Therapy (2008) is a research-informed model of play therapy combining the therapeutic powers of play with nervous-system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness and therapist authenticity. It’s primary play therapy influences are Child-Centered, Experiential and Gestalt theories.
Although Synergetic Play Therapy is a model of play therapy, it’s also referred to as a way of being in relationship with self and other. It’s an all-encompassing paradigm that can be applied to any facet of life, and subsequently any model of play therapy can be applied to it or vice versa. Synergetic Play Therapy is both non-directive and directive in its application.
Synergetic Play Therapy facilitates children’s ability to: build frustration tolerance, increase attention span, develop impulse control, learn, communicate, process, grow, create, problem solve, foster confidence, and meet their ultimate potential.