Deep Play - Exploring the Use of Depth in Psychotherapy with Children

Deep Play - Exploring the Use of Depth in Psychotherapy with Children

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Therapeutic deep play has the capacity for children to express deep emotions, overcome seemingly insurmountable issues and resolve serious problems. Working with children in this profound way, therapists are able to not only eliminate symptoms, but to change the very structure of how children live with themselves, their defense and belief systems.

The contributors to this book all work deeply, allowing children to take risks in a safe environment, and become fully absorbed in physical play. Chapters include play with deep sandboxes, clay, water, and various objects, and look at a range of pertinent case studies to demonstrate the therapeutic techniques in practice, alongside the theoretical concepts in which they are grounded. A new theoretical approach is established that takes from psychoanalysis as well as neuroscience and behaviourism, and offers a depth psychology approach in the treatment of children.

This will be a valuable resource for anyone working therapeutically with children through play, including play therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists, arts therapists, counsellors, social workers and family therapists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784501044
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dennis McCarthy is a licensed mental health counselor in New York state and is the director of Metamorfos Institute. He is a psychotherapist working with both children and adults and specializing in sandplay and dream work. Initially trained as a dancer, he weaves the body's innate urge to move into all of his work.
Shaun McNiff PhD, ATR is the Provost and Dean of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. An internationally-renowned figure in the creative arts therapies, he has written many critically-acclaimed books including Art as Medicine: Creating a Therapy of the Imagination,Educating the Creative Arts Therapist and Depth Psychology of Art. Dr McNiff has been honoured on many occasions for his pioneering contributions to the creative arts therapy field, and he is the 1997 recipient of the America Art Therapy Association's Honorary Life Member Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Shaun McNiff, Provost and Dean, Endicott College. Introduction. Dennis McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor, Director, Metamorfos Institute, New York State. 1. A Deep Story of Deep Play. Dr Sue Jennings, Honorary Fellow of Roehampton University, President of the Romanian Association of Play Therapy and Dramatherapy, Founder Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists. 2. Journeying Within: The Use of Tunnel and Cave Imagery to Access the Inner Imaginative World. Timothy Rodier, Psychotherapist, Kingston, New York. 3. The Keys to the World: Revolution and Epiphany in Deep Sand. Julie Rose, Professional Dancer, Body-centered Psychotherapist, Accord, New York. 4. Behold the Treasure and the Swamp! Digging and Delving, Poking and Pounding, Getting to the Bottom of Things. Michelle Rhodes, Art Therapist, Social Worker, Psychoanalyst and Clay Artist, New York State. 5. Subcutaneous, Subcortical, Subconscious and Subterranean: The Most Toxic Boy in the World's Search for Mum. Tim Woodhouse, Play and Filial Therapist, EMDR Practitioner, Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and Social Worker, Lancashire. 6. Out of the Box and into the Wild. Therese Bimka, Interfaith Minister, Soul Collage Facilitator, Social Worker, Artist, Director, The One Spirit InterSpiritual Counseling Program, New York State. 7. Deep Sand: Body-centered, Imaginative Play. Dennis McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor, Director, Metamorfos Institute, New York State. 8. Emergence: A Tale of Two Boys. Neal Brodsky, Holistic Psychotherapist, Family Therapist and Core Energetics Practitioner, Connecticut. 9. Musings about Deepening Connections in Families. Alan Spivack, Family Therapist, Theraplay Practitioner, New York State. 10. A Case for In-Depth Therapy with Adults. Richmond Greene, Psychotherapist and Jungian Psychoanalyst, New York State. Epilogue. Dennis McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor, Director, Metamorfos Institute, New York State. Index.

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