This weekend I went to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. I've been a few times, but as a massive superhero fan (all my kids know that I am into superpowers) I really wanted to see their new Hall of Heroes exhibit.
What I did not anticipate was the exhibit on the Human Brain. I also did not anticipate being so moved, emotionally, by watching my son create virtual neural circuits or explaining to him the differences between neurotransmitters. He laughed at me for being nerdy and I totally owned it.
I explained to him, in tears (yes, he was alarmed), that the exhibit was demonstrating what physically happens when I do my work. I showed him how therapy creates new neural networks. I talked about how my work with kids helps to shift the neurotransmitters that flow through their brains. I showed him how the frontal cortex lights up with activity when someone is working through their troubles.
The outcome of my work, for the most part, is not physically observable. I do not build buildings, I do not sell vacuum cleaners and I do not create or eliminate stacks of paper. But I do help to build and re-build brains.
There is a science to what I do.
Some people may believe that therapy is a bunch of verbal mumbo-jumbo spouted off by hippie-dippy people with a stockpile of inspirational quotes. They especially make these assumptions for those of us who use play as a primary modality. But, I am not a life coach. Or a personal trainer. Or a motivational speaker.
I am a seasoned and intentional therapist whose work is built on years of science and research-based education and experience. There is a science to what I do.
And, you can see it at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!