Tag: Play Therapy

  • Play Therapy Activities & Resources for $1

    I went to the dollar store to stock up on some items for play therapy. Check out the video to see what I discovered and how I plan to use them with kids! (I’m working on a transcript and will update this post ASAP) Pin Me!

  • 15+ Inside Out Toys and Books to Use in Counseling & the Classroom

    Inside Out is a great movie that covers many counseling themes. Kids love movies, they don’t just love movies…they LOVE movies. Finally, us counselors have a super cute movie that can be used to teach students how to handle their feelings!!! Now that we have the magical world of Disney and Pixar in our arsenal,…

  • DIY: Build-a-Person for Play Therapy

    *This post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through one of the links, you won’t pay a penny more but this website will receive a small commission, which helps keeps the lights on. I admit it: I’m totally addicted to Pinterest! I love finding and sharing ideas with other counselors and Pinterest is a…

  • Make Your Anger Walk the Plank: An Anger Management Game & Free Behavior Chart

    Many of the students on my caseload have a difficult time managing their anger and making positive choices. One of my FAVORITE parts of being an elementary counselor is that I get to use fun play therapy activities to help teach new skills! Several of my kindergartners and 1st graders LOVE pirates…hmmm…sounds like a great…

  • Liana Lowenstein’s Counseling Activities for Children

    Liana Lowenstein’s Counseling Activities for Children

    I am honored beyond belief to have been named “Favorite Counseling Website” by Liana Lowenstein in her November Newsletter! I’m totally blown away…I have been using Liana’s material ever since I started working with children and families (many moons ago). I first discovered Liana Lowenstein’s work when I started working as a counselor at Whaley…

  • Emotional Baggage – Free Printable

    It can be very difficult for children (and adults) to let go of past hurts. Hanging onto negative thoughts and feelings towards others can make us feel isolated and overwhelmed by negative emotions. Many of my students hang onto a lot of “emotional baggage” which in turn hinders their ability to move forward, creates distorted…

  • Play Therapy Ideas for Children with Medical Anxiety

    Play Therapy Ideas for Children with Medical Anxiety

    In play therapy, children can use toys or materials that resemble medical equipment to work on difficulties with illness or medical/doctor/hospital anxiety. I found the following items during a CPR course I took earlier this year. While I was checking out the store inside the Red Cross, my eye caught these “squishy” ambulances. They are…

  • Develop Self-Esteem Through Character Traits

    Develop Self-Esteem Through Character Traits

    Developing a strong sense-of-self is a crucial part in strengthening self-esteem. Judging ourselves by character traits that we think we ought to have and not the traits that we possess naturally sets us up for disappointment.    The trick to developing a powerful sense-of-self and self-esteem is by finding out what our “genius” is. Children and teenagers…