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The “Magic” of Play Therapy

Sometimes, Play Therapy is described as “Magical” because people don’t know why it works so well, it just does. In this episode, Dr. Brenna explains how play therapy works by telling a story of one of her clients who worked through his issues through play. He did it at home… not the play room… and […]

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A video that I had to record as a result of a simple bumper sticker on a car in front of me… and it is now my personal mission to make every parent claim positive and encouraging traits about themselves! Watch all the way to the end so that you can be empowered to fight […]

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How To Increase Your Emotional Vocabulary

The more you understand the “wheel” of emotions, the more you can help your child communicate what they are feeling accurately. In this video, Dr. Brenna Hicks introduces you to Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, and the theory of how it all fits together. You can use this knowledge to better Reflect Feelings to your child. […]

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The Four “Pillars” of Play Therapy

The four “Pillars” of Play Therapy are the foundational skills that Play Therapy is built on. Dr. Brenna Hicks gives an overview and examples for each of these skills. This video is foundational training for any parent looking to add Play Therapy skills to their parenting “tool box”. Hi, I’m Dr Brenna Hicks, founder of […]

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All Feelings Are Valid

In this episode of The Play Therapy Parenting Podcast, Dr. Brenna Hicks talks about the play therapy skill, reflecting feelings, and why it’s okay for parents to simply reflect a child’s feeling back to them, and then stop! We tend to want to solve problems for our kids, or try to make our kids feel […]

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Roles in the Family

One of my favorite things about working with children and their families is the role that every member assumes. I can almost always identify which role a child has adopted in the family, based solely on what the parents describe about them in the first meeting. (more…)

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Why Childhood Diagnoses Are Usually Inaccurate

I am consistently surprised by how many parents meet with me for the first time and tell me that: a) Their child has been diagnosed with something. b) They were told that their child needs to be assessed for a diagnosis. c) Their child has been prescribed medication. d) They think they need to have […]

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Stop Answering Your Kids’ Questions!

So, as a continuation of my last post about why we need to stop asking kids questions and make statements instead, I think it is equally important to acknowledge that when kids ask questions, they are making statements, too! Wait… hang on! We are finally wrapping our heads around turning our own questions into statements, […]

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Stop Asking Your Kids Questions!

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself (pun intended) how many questions kids are asked every day? How was your day? Why did you do that to your sister? What made you think that was okay? What did you do at school? Why are you upset? How many times do I have to ask you […]

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