Looking through the inter webs, there are a great deal of examples of play therapy offices in private practices. I haven’t seen, however, many examples of play therapy offices in a clinical/outpatient setting. Luckily, that’s where I come in to help! In this post, I’ll provide pictures and descriptions of how I set up my play therapy office in an outpatient clinic.
Above is a picture of my desk. As you can see, my office contains both my play area, working area, and consultation space. I try to utilize as much of my space as possible for kids to be comfortable working therapeutically, families to consult, and for me to be comfortable as well. Of pertinence is that my bulletin board contains a quote from one of the father’s of play therapy, Gary Landreth, signs that a child is ready for termination in play therapy, pro-socials in play therapy, behavioral terms, and themes in play therapy. All of these things help me stay motivated and assist me in documentation.
I have a huge filing cabinet that I use as my oversized toy chest. It isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but it does the job. On top of the cabinet, I have my puppet theater (the puppets are hidden behind it), my Meebie doll, and coloring utensils.
The top drawer of my filing cabinet/toy chest extraordinaire has army men, accessories for sand tray work, art supplies, and a multitude of hats for dress up. The sand tray accessories consist of bridges, houses, rocks, trees, and odds and ends for my clients to create a sand tray if they wish. I like to keep these things high due to some of the items being choking hazards for my little clients or their siblings.
This second drawer is a very popular one, mostly due to the aggressive toys. I have legos, blocks, masks, and aggressive toys in this drawer.
My third and final drawer contains mostly nurturance themed toys. I have pretend food, vehicles, a doctor’s kit, baby dolls, dress up clothes, and a pretend tool kit. It’s hard to see, but beneath the baby dolls I have baby bottles, a pretend camera, pretend cell phones, and more dress up materials, such as princess crowns, wands, and necklaces. Overall, the dress up clothes are a new addition to my play room, but they have been very helpful in play therapy thus far. I currently have some princess skirts, capes, and vests that represent different characters, such as Darth Vader, a pirate, or a ninja. Let me know if there is something frequently used in your playroom that I should add to my dress up collection!
Next to my massive toy box/filing cabinet, I have Melissa and Doug Cardboard blocks, my dollhouse, and sandtray, all of which I would consider essential play therapy toys!
Underneath my sandtray are my miniatures/figurines and sand toys. The picture does not do any justice to the amount of miniatures that I have! I have four boxes filled to the brim with figurines, including superheroes, princesses, animals, and everything in between!
On the other side of my office, I have adult chairs and a table and chairs for the little people. As I stated above, as a child therapist, I use my space to not only do play therapy, but consult, and complete paperwork. I did my best to make my small space cozy, comfortable, and functional for all who enter. That being said, my clinic is moving at the beginning of next month so check back soon to see an update of my brand new play therapy office!
Until next time, Play On!