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: 9781849057776
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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 9

Introduction Dennis McCarthy 15

Chapter 1 A Deep Story of Deep Play: How the Play, Trance and Seance of the Senoi Temiar People Can Help us Understand Greater Playfulness Dr. Sue Jennings 23

Chapter 2 Journeying Within: Using Tunnel and Cave Imagery to Access the Inner Imaginative World Timothy Rodier 37

Chapter 3 The Keys to the World: Revolution and Epiphany in Deep Sand Julie Lyon Rose 53

Chapter 4 Behold the Treasure and the Swamp! Digging, Delving, Poking, Pounding, and Getting to the Bottom of Things Michelle Rhodes 59

Chapter 5 Subcutaneous, Subcortical, Subconscious and Subterranean: The Most Toxic Boy in the World's Search for Mum Tim Woodhouse 81

Chapter 6 Out of the Box and Into the Wild Therese Bimka 99

Chapter 7 Deep Sand: Body-centered, Imaginative Play Dennis McCarthy 121

Chapter 8 Emergence: A Tale of Two Boys Neal Brodsky 143

Chapter 9 Musings about Improving and Deepening Connections in Families Alan Spivack 165

Chapter 10 A Case for In-depth, Long-term Therapy Rob Greene 173

Epilogue Dennis McCarthy 181

Contributors 183

Subject Index 187

Author Index 190

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