When Kelly and I were trying to come up with a name for our practice, we agonized for days (ok so maybe more like weeks). We wanted a name that was more than just a catch phrase or “hook”, more than something people would remember, something that would be found easily and differentiate us from all of the other therapists out there working with young children and families.
…We wanted a name that spoke to what we do, who we are, and how we approach our work with children, families, and care givers. Having said that I want to share with you why we chose Play Therapy i.n.c. (integrate, nurture, connect).
I started thinking about what to share with you by simply looking up the definition of each of these words in the dictionary and was surprised to discover definitions that speak to the heart and soul of what we strive for every day as we engage in our work.
Integrate: to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole
Nurture: the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing
Connect: to think of (something or someone) as being related to or involved with another person, thing, event, or idea
These are simple words that hold a powerful messages of promoting social emotional development and healing to each of the unique groups of people we work with in our community. We strive to help integrate our knowledge of brain development and function as we educate parents and care givers about early childhood mental health and wellness. We seek to help children and families who have experienced difficult situations look at the components of that experience and integrate it into their experience so that it no longer creates a sense of rigidity or chaos. We help children, parents, care givers, and early child hood educators learn new knowledge and develop skills needed to nurture self and others. We assist our clients by connecting first to themselves and then to others.
As we move into a very hectic season of the year, our wish for each of you is that you would engage fully in integrated, nurtured, and connected lives! Take time to feel the warm sun on your face, the cooler air, the color of the leaves, the sights and smells of fall all around you. Be present in the moment and try not to rush ahead.