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Play therapy, along with other expressive therapies, is a powerful vehicle of change to help individuals and families go from hurt to healed and achieve a restored sense of safety and security. Play therapy has an incredible range of therapeutic benefits and is an effective approach to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Welcome to Chronicles of A Play Therapist, a podcast that discusses mental health from a play therapy specialization. Hosted by Althea T. Simpson, witness the sheer magic of the therapeutic healing power of play as it instills hope and increase resiliency. Discover trends, treatment approaches and techniques, theory, and the business of psychotherapy practice.
A licensed clinical social worker and a registered play therapist supervisor with an authentic and creative approach to play therapy, Althea Simpson is the Founder of Unicorn Life Training and serves as the lead presenter. She is also the Founder of Brighter Day Therapeutic Solutions, a trauma focused psychotherapy practice. She has more than fifteen years of indirect and direct clinical practice experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

If you are a mental health professional, Chronicles of A Play Therapist is your gateway to play therapy – what it’s all about, how to use it, and how you can build your own psychotherapy practice. Learn how you can help individuals and families go from hurt to heal in their life and business.
Every week, we bring you resources that will help you apply therapeutic concepts in multiple clinical settings. We offer guidance to empower you to develop clinical and professional skills. Discover practical strategies focusing on theory, demonstration, practice, and observation as you grow and develop.
Interested in learning more about play therapy? Join Chronicles of A Play Therapist with Althea Simpson today!

Chronicles of A Play Therapist Althea T. Simpson

    • Mental Health
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Play therapy, along with other expressive therapies, is a powerful vehicle of change to help individuals and families go from hurt to healed and achieve a restored sense of safety and security. Play therapy has an incredible range of therapeutic benefits and is an effective approach to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Welcome to Chronicles of A Play Therapist, a podcast that discusses mental health from a play therapy specialization. Hosted by Althea T. Simpson, witness the sheer magic of the therapeutic healing power of play as it instills hope and increase resiliency. Discover trends, treatment approaches and techniques, theory, and the business of psychotherapy practice.
A licensed clinical social worker and a registered play therapist supervisor with an authentic and creative approach to play therapy, Althea Simpson is the Founder of Unicorn Life Training and serves as the lead presenter. She is also the Founder of Brighter Day Therapeutic Solutions, a trauma focused psychotherapy practice. She has more than fifteen years of indirect and direct clinical practice experience with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

If you are a mental health professional, Chronicles of A Play Therapist is your gateway to play therapy – what it’s all about, how to use it, and how you can build your own psychotherapy practice. Learn how you can help individuals and families go from hurt to heal in their life and business.
Every week, we bring you resources that will help you apply therapeutic concepts in multiple clinical settings. We offer guidance to empower you to develop clinical and professional skills. Discover practical strategies focusing on theory, demonstration, practice, and observation as you grow and develop.
Interested in learning more about play therapy? Join Chronicles of A Play Therapist with Althea Simpson today!

    Attachment-Focused Family Play Therapy With Traumatized Kids And Their Families With Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S

    Attachment-Focused Family Play Therapy With Traumatized Kids And Their Families With Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S

    It’s unrealistic to make children the change agents in their families when they are the least powerful. As therapists, we must address the important relationship between parent and child to help parents become the therapeutic agents of change themselves. In this episode, Althea T. Simpson is joined by Licensed Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Cathi Spooner, to talk about attachment-focused play therapy with traumatized children and their families. She talks about the process parents need to go through to think about how they can properly have a disciplinary structure with their child, and then gives some advice to other therapists out there on how they can work with their clients better. In working effectively with traumatized children, working with the family is vital for healing and recovery, and it takes training and practice. Start here by listening in on the wisdom Cathy imparts and more.

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    • 52 min
    Interprofessional Collaborations To Create Trauma-Informed Learning Environments For Traumatized Children

    Interprofessional Collaborations To Create Trauma-Informed Learning Environments For Traumatized Children

    Some traumatized children will see the school environment as challenging and trigger traumatic stress reactions. Others may view the school environment as a source of security and continuity. Either way, the school should be safe to all, and in this episode, host, Althea T. Simpson, discusses the need to collaborate with educators to create trauma-informed learning environments. She talks about the ability of a child’s brain to change from being traumatized and re-orienting educators on their responses to a child’s trauma, which are more physiological than psychological. Traumatized children may be under a lot of stress that can cause their system to shut down; this includes their ability to focus or concentrate, affecting their ability to learn. Join Althea in this discussion to become more informed about how to better create learning environments for traumatized children and more.

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    • 33 min
    Child-Centered Play Therapy And Parental Stress: Supporting Parents Through The Process With Sandy Stillo And Amber Bailey

    Child-Centered Play Therapy And Parental Stress: Supporting Parents Through The Process With Sandy Stillo And Amber Bailey

    Parental conflict, stress, anxiety, and depression increase child misbehavior and acting out. If we can help decrease this, we can better help the parents help the child. Dr. Sandy Stillo, LPC-S, CHST, and Mrs. Amber Bailey, MS, LMFT, LPC, CHST from The Counseling Spot are child therapists who believe in the power of intentional parent-centered consultation during the process of child-centered play therapy. Although child-centered play therapy is led by the child, the relationship between the therapist and the parents is just as important as their relationship with the child. In this episode, they sit down with Althea T. Simpson to emphasize the importance of consistent, standalone parent consultation sessions to allow for targeted work with parents. What is more, they also discuss the struggles mothers face when it comes to “mommy guilt,” going deep into the issues in mom-shaming as they compare themselves to their ideas of the ideal mother and how this affects the child in the process.

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    • 45 min
    Utilizing Bibliotherapy To Help Children Make A Connection To What They Are Feeling, Thinking, Or Experiencing

    Utilizing Bibliotherapy To Help Children Make A Connection To What They Are Feeling, Thinking, Or Experiencing

    Bibliotherapy is a therapeutic technique that incorporates books and pretty much any literature, depending on your creativity, into the play therapy session with children, adolescents, adults, families, and even couples. Utilizing storytelling through fiction and non-fiction books can be very therapeutic and symbolize nurturing, depending on how you incorporate it. Bibliotherapy is adaptable and can be used by mental health professionals and parents to help clients improve social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. On today’s podcast, Althea T. Simpson shares how mental health professionals and parents use bibliotherapy to improve children’s social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

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    • 30 min
    Children Hurt Too: The Often-Silent Victims Of Domestic Violence

    Children Hurt Too: The Often-Silent Victims Of Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is a major concern for children. It is a social problem that impacts individuals, families, and society. Children who witness domestic violence experience emotional, mental, and social problems that can affect their developmental growth. Even if children are not hurt themselves, they can see, hear, or imagine what is happening to a parent or caregiver, making the child feel unsafe. On today’s podcast, Althea T. Simpson brings awareness to domestic violence's silent victims – the children.

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    • 49 min
    Diversifying Your Income Beyond Traditional Psychotherapy Practice With Paul "Bashea" Williams, LCSW-C, LICSW

    Diversifying Your Income Beyond Traditional Psychotherapy Practice With Paul "Bashea" Williams, LCSW-C, LICSW

    Just because you’re in the helping profession doesn’t mean that you aren’t supposed to make money. Psychotherapy practice may not be a gold mine by itself, but there are so many ways that you can diversify your income beyond traditional psychotherapy practice. Join Althea Simpson as she talks about this with Paul "Bashea" Williams, LCSW-C, LICSW. Paul is not just a psychotherapist. He is an author, business owner and speaker. Having walked his talk, Paul teaches us the importance of having a contingency financial plan and diversifying your income sources so that you can become more financially stable and independent. Ultimately, freeing yourself up from money troubles will help you show up and be more present for your clients. After all, that’s the whole point of the profession, right? Listen in and learn how to get yourself out of that poverty mindset and start living the life that you deserve.

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    • 58 min

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