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What do we mean by Nurture Play Structure balance?

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The Nurture Play Structure Model of Therapy can be used with:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Sand Tray Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Couples Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Therapy

And many other therapeutic modalities.

Have you ever experienced times in life when you felt out of balance?


Possibly you were angry, frustrated, or indifferent but could not name why.  Or, perhaps you lashed out at someone close to you for something that could be perceived as insignificant.  Maybe you have even made a purchase, hoping to feel better, only to realize after that you felt the same or worse.  All of these can be examples of times when an imbalance has had a negative impact on your life.

Often, when clients come to our office seeking help, it is because they have begun to recognize the difficulties that result from this imbalance.  For some, this imbalance has come about quickly as a result of a recent event.  For most however, the imbalance they experience has developed slowly over the course of months or even years.

The Nurture-Play-Structure Model (NPS) is a simple way to understand how emotional needs and wants are met when we are in balance, and unmet when we are not.  When we understand how Nurture, Play, and Structure each contribute to our sense of safety and well-being, we can more fully understand ourselves, alter our behaviors, and name our needs in an authentic way.  Once we can name our true needs, we have the potential to meet them.  Thus, we begin to find balance.

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