Author: <span>Keri Nicholson</span>

Experiential Therapy

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Experiential Therapy

By: Lea Mangus, PCSW

Have you ever heard the term “Experiential Therapy” and wondered what exactly it means? I would like to offer a brief overview of experiential therapy and what it entails.  As the name indicates, experiential therapy involves activities and actions rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.”  It is a therapeutic approach that encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as play, art, outdoor activities, and a range of other active experiences.  Many people find it hard to think about, remember, or talk about their hidden hurts. After years of burying those thoughts, it can be difficult to drag those feelings to the surface and expose them. Some people find that experiential therapy helps make this process easier. Read more

Kindness

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Random Act of Kindness

By: GoodTherapy.org

A random act of kindness is an unexpected act of charity or helpfulness and is often done for a stranger.

What Is a Random Act of Kindness?

The term random act of kindness is generally attributed to Anne Herbert who wrote, “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a restaurant place mat. The term refers to selfless acts, both large and small, that are committed unexpectedly, without prompting and with no apparent ulterior motive. Examples might include paying for a coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop, helping a person cross the street, or offering to help soothe a crying baby while the parents finish shopping. People generally use the term to refer to acts performed for strangers, but random acts of kindness can also be done for friends and family. Read more

Play Therapy

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Play Therapy Makes a Difference

By: The Association of Play Therapy

Why Play?

In recent years a growing number of noted mental health professionals have observed that play is as important to human happiness and well being as love and work (Schaefer, 1993). Some of the greatest thinkers of all time, including Aristotle and Plato, have reflected on why play is so fundamental in our lives. The following are some of the many benefits of play that have been described by play theorists.

Play is the child’s language and …

Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004). Read more