By Lesley Simpson-Gray I’ve found that creativity often comes when I’m looking for ways to solve a problem or bridge a gap.  The issue for me this year is that I’m super-excited about the future applications for the Virtual Sandtray®© (VSA) and virtual reality (VR), but I’m yet to put together a plan (and a…

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By Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S             Storytelling has a rich, vast history. Passed down from generation to generation, stories have informed, taught, warned, expressed, and so much more. Utilizing storytelling in therapy has been highlighted in everything from narrative therapies to play therapy to bibliotherapy. When integrating storytelling into therapy it is important to have…

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by Rachel Altvater, Psy.D., RPT-S Escape for a moment to your island oasis, your own magical, connecting space for solace and replenishment. Animal Crossing is a Nintendo game available on the Switch console. While the game has been around since 2001, the latest edition, New Horizons, surfaced at the start of social distancing and quarantine…

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by Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S             One of the powerful benefits of using the Virtual Sandtray App (VSA) is the ability for multi-level, multi-dimensional depiction of one’s world. As we know, sand therapy was created by Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld to provide “a way to allow children to share their inner worlds” (Homeyer, 2020).  The World…

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By: Valentino Megale, Ph.D. Undergoing medical procedures and hospitalization is often a meaningful source of stressful experiences for paediatric patients such as anxiety, pain, social isolation, and uncertainty. The hospital setting ends up disrupting children’s life, removing from their daily routine the means they use to cope with risk, fear and unpleasant events. These aspects…

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By Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-I You’ve got dragons…we all have dragons! Many of those dragons have shown up this year for so many of us. I love bibliotherapy. One of my must have books is Kathryn Cave’s “You’ve Got Dragons”. Children, teens, and adults all love and connect with this book in their own…

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Fiona Hill, MTS, MA, LPC Sandtray…..sand……tray…what comes up for you when you see these words? Hear these words?  Think these words?  Before March 2020 I would literally have feelings of excitement.  What about after March 2020?  Honestly, sadness.  I am a lover of sandtray and all the healing properties it affords.  When we all started…

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Please check out this podcast! What a great time to speak with Jackie Flynn about telehealth, Digital Play Therapy, and the Virtual Sandtray App®©. Check it out here, along with so many other great speakers: https://playtherapycommunity.com/2020/09/29/78-the-profound-healing-power-of-virtual-sand-tray-therapy-with-jessica-stone-ph-d/?fbclid=IwAR13VjYjqYyUefhpqvAkML–DgdpjCLms0UdW5SyinCXpwYQg1r5_frHYfQ

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