This book offers a way to work with aggressive play that allows children to learn how to integrate the intensity they are experiencing from their thoughts, emotions and sensations while simultaneously supporting regulation in the therapist's nervous system. These will help therapists understand the neurobiological processes that lead kids to dysregulation and help them facilitate emotional healing in their clients.
This book is a much-needed comprehensive discussion on an issue that most clinicians are uncertain how to handle. The invaluable, unique contribution of this book is Dion's grounded discussion on the importance of the clinician to regulate her arousal when facing provocative aggression, aggressive play, or aggressive themes. This book offers effective ways the therapist (or parent) can develop their own self-regulation so that children receive the support needed for healthful integration.--Felicia Carroll, LMFT, RPT-S, Director, The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Lisa Dion's book guides us through the difficult territory of how to handle aggression when it emerges in the playroom. She shows us how to let go of our fears of increasing aggressive behaviors in children when they act them out in therapy. By mindfully joining with children who are playing aggressively, she demonstrates that our capacity to provide a safe space for the exploration of aggression is actually the best way to help children heal the fear that is causing the aggression in the first place.--Theresa Kestly, PhD, author of The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play