Back to Basics: What is Play Therapy?

I've taken the leap into the magical world of Youtube (gulp!). I hope the video format is a convenient digestible way to share my knowledge and tips. I've started with the basics and probably the number 1 question I get asked!

Let me know how you found this video! I'm very new to the camera so be kind! :) 

Do you prefer the audio/visual format? I know that I prefer seeing people's faces as well as reading articles. I often listen to audios of videos while I get on with the dishes too. Anyone else do that?

Feel free to ask me your burning questions about play therapy, personal growth, child mental health, caregiver & professional mental health and self care. Leave questions as a comment or email me via the contact page and I will pop my answers in future posts.

That's all for now. Have a great week!

Rachel

Try this Easy peasy post-Christmas craft

First, a note from the last day of Christmas. 

There’s always something a little sad about the last day of Christmas isn’t there? I always seem to put off the taking down of decorations and packing up until the very last moment of the day. I hope you had a great Christmas filled with quality family time, comforting food, joy and cheer! Although, I am aware that for some of you it was not like that. Christmas and other family gatherings can act like a pressure cooker for relationships and old deep seated hurts and negative beliefs. Anyone for seconds of Christmas (why-do-you-keep-pushing-my-buttons) pudding? Anyone?!

The traditions and rituals we do during the Christmas period are so familiar and often what we look forward to most. Yet, they have the power to highlight the great changes in our lives. Such as, “He’s no longer here anymore”, “She always used to put the star on the tree”, “The family will never be the same again”, “We used to spend more time together”, and “Look how our family has grown.”. That’s some bittersweet leftovers my friends! And what do we do with these? Wine? No, wait. Must. Keep. New Year resolutions…

A thought came to me when I was doing a spot of recycling with my Christmas cards.  In true Play Therapy style, I was struck with a metaphor.

Inspired by my mother’s friend, I was not going to waste my Christmas cards! You don’t have to either. Cut off the front cover of the cards and cut into handy little gift labels for next year. Crafty, thrifty, a smidge sentimental and of course green!

Easy Christmas card craft

I think I enjoyed this just a bit too much. Why? To me, it’s about transforming the old and creating something new. Taking the best bits and paying it forward as part of a gift to someone else in the future. Some things stay with us and some things we let go. So many possible metaphors but they were just mine.  Perhaps something to try with some little helping hands? The only pre-requisites are Christmas cards and the ability to use scissors.

Here’s to 2015!

* Please note I will address why metaphor is so important in Play Therapy in a future post. Hold tight and keep warm!

A Festive Full Cup Christmas message from Rachel!


Warm greetings friends!

Just a quick note from me to wish you all a very merry Christmas. 

This year has been a busy and exciting year for me. I've been working from a number of schools as a practitioner of Therapeutic Play. In particular, I enjoyed transforming an Art classroom into an inviting Play Room space over at Jockey Club Sarah Roe School and further fine tuning my non-verbal play skills by working with non-English speaking children at a local government primary school. 

One of the most challenging and exciting events this year was the setting up of Full Cup Play Therapy website and service in October.   Previously I'd been working with schools and the children they referred to me. With Full Cup I've expanded the people I can serve allowing parents to access Play Therapy directly. This is especially useful for those who aren't fortunate enough to have an in-school Play Therapy service. Something I hope to work on further in 2015 ;)

It's a real privilege to be able to touch the lives of children, their families and community through Play Therapy. Seeing the children's courage and growth is so inspiring and rewarding.  This season one boy in particular gave me a great and timely reminder. The greatest problem solving comes from harnessing our inner creativity....presenting my homemade, space efficient, cost effective Hong Kong Christmas tree!

Xmas tree Hk 2014

I feel so blessed to work with such valuable colleagues and proactive parents. I hope I can further serve you through my blog in 2015. Be sure to like us on Facebook where I'll be sharing all things play and parenting! Help me support you by firing any play or parenting related questions you have and I'll be sure to tackle them on my blog in the new year!

Sending you warm wishes for quality family time, peace, love and joy this Christmas!