Skills at the Heart of Relationship


Just came across this arti­cle in Nat­ural Awak­en­ings SWF, Feb­ru­ary 2009 … not my edit but a fair sound­bite representation:

    Fresh Per­spec­tives

by Linda Sechrist

Sara Henry, a licensed Mar­riage and Fam­ily Ther­a­pist in Naples, believes in the ben­e­fits of cre­ative play and inter-generational the­ater. Henry notes that step­ping out­side the defin­ing rela­tion­ship or cir­cum­stances can ease dif­fer­ences in age, famil­ial roles and com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles.

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Sara L . Henry, MALMFT

Play is a child’s world,” says Henry. “It’s how chil­dren com­mu­ni­cate, process every­thing and stay con­nected. So, I rec­om­mend that we get on a child’s level, fol­low their lead and play. It’s some­thing adults need more of…”

Other sug­ges­tions prac­ticed in her Skills at the Heart of Rela­tion­ship Work­shops are to lis­ten in a non­judg­men­tal and inquir­ing way. “It’s impor­tant to ask chil­dren for more elab­o­ra­tion about their expe­ri­ence, rather than over­whelm­ing them with your own,” she advises.

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