Experienced clinicians demonstrate how play and creativity have everything to do with the deepest healing, growth, and personal transformation.
Through play, as children, we learn the rules and relationships of culture and expand our tolerance of emotions-areas of life "training" that overlap with psychotherapy. Here leading writers such as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Daniel J. Siegel, Jaak Panksepp, Allan Schore, Pat Ogden, and Louis Cozolino illuminate what play and creativity mean for the healing process at any stage of life.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.
Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The science and practice of presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.
Financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He is an author for W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties. He is an author for Bantam publishing and receives royalties. He is an author for Guilford Press and receives royalties. He is an author for Tarcher/Penguin and receives royalties. He is an author for Random House and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Daniel J Siegel is a clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He does not receive compensation.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D., has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. She teaches developmental neurobiology and travels nationally and internationally to give clinical workshops and teach mindfulness techniques.
Dr. Marks-Tarlow combines science with art masterfully. She strives to “walk her talk” by embodying a balanced life. She dances nearly daily; draws and illustrates her own books; practices and occasionally teaches yoga breakthrough workshops.
She has authored several books. Psyche’s Veil (Routledge, 2008) takes a ground-breaking look at the importance of nonlinear dynamics to clinical theory. Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy (Norton, 2012) examines the importance of imagination, creativity, and play to effective psychotherapy. Awakening Clinical Intuition (Norton, 2014) won the 2015 Gradiva Nomination for Best Book, as awarded by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is also the author of Truly Mindful Coloring: Stay Calm, Reduce Stress & Self-Express (PESI, 2016).
Financial: Terry Marks-Tarlow is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Terry Marks-Tarlow has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Marion Solomon, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, and Senior Extension faculty at the Department of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences at UCLA. She is also director of clinical training at the Lifespan Learning Institute.
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