Psycho-Babble Psychology Thread 487152

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I may get sand table therapy after all

Posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 18:21:50

My son's play therapist wants to do family play therapy as well. My husband is not keen on the notion. But if he agrees, we might get to do sand table play.

I warned her that I'm not at *all* good at playing. :(

The idea makes me feel very self conscious, and like my husband, I wonder if she could actually tell anything about the real us under those circumstances. My husband says he'd be sure to be on his best behavior. :D

But she's worked wonders with my son. The original Gary Cooper clam. I never ever thought she'd break through to him. Yet a few short sessions later, he's a real pro and he's making real changes in how he handles things. Why can't I change that fast? It's not his age either. I went for a year at age 13 and didn't change an iota. Not really anyway.

I'm so proud of him. :)

If she can do what I thought was impossible there, she maybe could tell something about our dynamics watching us play.

I'm really not good at playing. :(

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all

Posted by LadyBug on April 20, 2005, at 18:49:48

In reply to I may get sand table therapy after all, posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 18:21:50

I'd like to learn more about sand therapy. I've heard of it and that about it. Keep me informed as to what transpires. I love it when things work in therapy!!!!
Yea!

LadyBug

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all

Posted by annierose on April 20, 2005, at 20:04:05

In reply to Re: I may get sand table therapy after all, posted by LadyBug on April 20, 2005, at 18:49:48

Sounds like a grand idea. I'm jealous. My daughter, 11, has been seeing a therapist for just over a year. And although we have seen improvements, some of her old behaviors are creeping back. UGH! And we (T, husband and I)
think that those raging females hormones may be at play. Double ugh!!

Anyway, I would love an opportunity for her T to see the dynamics of the 4 of us (I have a younger son as well). Sounds like you could learn a lot from each other.

And maybe you'll discover you do like to play afterall. Sand table, water tables, play dough and crayons ... oh to be a kid. But I wouldn't want to go back. No way. Been there, done that.

Sorry to digress.

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all LadyBug

Posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 22:00:46

In reply to Re: I may get sand table therapy after all, posted by LadyBug on April 20, 2005, at 18:49:48

I will. I think it's more structured in the family environment than it is either for my son or for other adults.

I think our other choices are art projects or puppet shows.

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all annierose

Posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 22:08:49

In reply to Re: I may get sand table therapy after all, posted by annierose on April 20, 2005, at 20:04:05

I think I'll find it excruciating. :)

But I so admire a child therapist who tries to involve the family that I'm willing to play along.

She picked up the ball on the hint about my husband, and followed up on it with my son. And today, I guess I felt sorry for my husband and told her all the terrible dynamics on my end and all the wonderful things he does. :) I really do try to take care of others.

And I know that I do contribute to the problem.

My son sees the whole thing as another class, I think. He seems to be working hard on mastering it.

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all Dinah

Posted by alexandra_k on April 20, 2005, at 22:40:09

In reply to Re: I may get sand table therapy after all annierose, posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 22:08:49

Sand table? Whats that? Is it like a sand pit but safer 'cause the little kids don't pee in it???

Wow. I wish I got to play in therapy.
I wish I got therapy... But I digress...
I think I'd probably feel a bit self-conscious about it too. But it might be fun. Really.

But puppets. Hmm. I'd stay away from them.

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all Dinah

Posted by fallsfall on April 21, 2005, at 20:10:09

In reply to I may get sand table therapy after all, posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 18:21:50

I'm SOOOOOO jealous.

You'll have to tell us ALL about it.

 

Re: I may get sand table therapy after all Dinah

Posted by B2chica on April 22, 2005, at 10:00:09

In reply to I may get sand table therapy after all, posted by Dinah on April 20, 2005, at 18:21:50

Dinah you're so lucky!
my T mentioned this to me before and suggested that we may do this. i haven't yet but am curious to how it works.
Definately let us know!
b2c.

 

Guess I need to talk to dear husband

Posted by Dinah on April 22, 2005, at 19:33:20

In reply to Re: I may get sand table therapy after all Dinah, posted by B2chica on April 22, 2005, at 10:00:09

He's not keen.

He's also back to using startling as a disciplinary tool.

It's hopeless.


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