The Continuing Adventure: Deepening My Love for Play Therapy
In my last blog post From Ballet Dreams to Play Therapy: Embracing God’s Plan for My Journey, I talked about my unexpected path into the heart of play therapy—a journey that started with a leap into the unknown and blossomed into a profound calling. Since stepping into this world, each day has been a discovery, not just of the therapy itself but of its impact on my life and those I work with.
Since becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) Supervisor, I’ve had the joy and privilege of guiding new therapists into this beautiful realm of healing. It’s one thing to practice what you love, but another entirely to share that love and watch it ignite in others. Seeing new therapists’ eyes light up as they witness the transformative effect of play therapy is beyond words. It’s a reminder of why I fell in love with this work in the first place.
The Magic of Child-Centered Play Therapy
One of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been deepening my understanding and practice of child-centered play therapy. This approach, which respects the child’s lead in therapy, continues to amaze me with its simplicity and effectiveness. Children, with their natural ability to communicate and work through issues in play, have been my greatest teachers. They remind me daily that sometimes, the most powerful healing comes from simply providing the space to play, explore, and express freely.
This approach not only honors the child’s voice in therapy but also mirrors the Christian value of listening and valuing the smallest among us. It reminds me of Matthew 19:14, where Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” In play therapy, we create a space for children to come forth with their stories, struggles, and strengths, recognizing their inherent value and capacity for healing.
As I’ve delved deeper into my role as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S), I’ve come to appreciate even more the depth of resilience and creativity within each child. It’s a privilege to support therapists in learning to harness this power, facilitating growth and healing in ways that honor each child’s unique journey.
The Journey Continues
My path in play therapy has been filled with learning, growth, and countless moments of awe. From my early days working with teens to the richly rewarding work with younger children, every step has reinforced my belief in the therapeutic power of play. It’s a language that transcends words, tapping into emotions and experiences in a way that’s accessible and deeply healing.
The journey hasn’t stopped; it evolves with every child I meet and every therapist I mentor. The beauty of play therapy is that it’s a field of endless exploration and possibility. There’s always something new to learn, whether it’s a fresh perspective from a child or a creative approach from a fellow therapist.
A Message to Aspiring Play Therapists
To those considering or beginning their journey into play therapy, know that you’re embarking on a path that is as challenging as it is rewarding. You’ll have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of children and families, offering them the tools to express, heal, and grow in the most natural way possible—through play.
Embrace this journey with an open heart and mind. Be ready to learn not just from your training and mentors but from the children themselves. They will show you the boundless potential of play to heal and connect.
I stepped into play therapy with a passion for helping and a love for creativity. What I found was a calling that has enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined. As I continue to guide others on this path, I’m excited for the discoveries still to come and the countless lives we’ll touch together.
Here’s to the continuing adventure, the deepening connections, and the enduring magic of play therapy. May we all keep learning, growing, and playing with as much joy and wonder as the children we are privileged to work with.
Written by Rebecca Muyres, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S, CCTP