“Synergetic Play Therapy™ (2008) is a researched-informed model of play therapy blending the therapeutic power of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. Its primary play therapy influences are Child-Centered, Experiential, and Gestalt theories.
As an all-encompassing paradigm with Child-Centered, Gestalt, and Experiential Play Therapy influences, it expands on the therapeutic powers of play while focusing on being in relationship with the child, not doing something to the child. Through the play itself, the Synergetic Play Therapist supports the child in changing his perceptions of the perceived challenging events and thoughts in his life, as well as getting in touch with his or her authentic self.
In SPT, the child’s symptoms are understood as symptoms of a dys-regulated nervous system. These dys-regulated states arise as a result of: 1) The perceived challenges and thoughts the child is having regarding the events in his or her life and 2) The child has lost attachment with him or herself and is attempting to be someone they are not (acting from “shoulds”) instead of being who they truly are.
The result of Synergetic Play Therapy™ is that the child heals from the inside out and from the lowest parts of the brain up.”
Lisa Dion, Synergetic Play Therapy founder
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