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Play Therapy


Play Therapy is generally used to diagnose and treat psychological problems in children. Various play and creative arts techniques are utilised to assist play therapists in understanding certain behavioural tendencies. The approach is intended to help participants express their feelings through an alternative medium.

History

Psychoanalysis Melanie Klein, a leading proponent of child psychology was one of the founders of play therapy. She developed the technique during the 1930s and demonstrated how children articulated their feelings through the act of playing. During the 1960s Virginia Axline developed the approach by adapting Carl Roger's person centred theories for work with children. The result was non-directive play therapy, which has had a large impact on the practice of child therapy over the last thirty years.

Approach

It is a form of expressive therapy. Play therapists encourage children to use play to work through emotional difficulties. During sessions they will asses how the child reacts to events and people in their world, taking a directive or non-directive approach. Practitioners attempt to provide children with a favourable environment for them to understand and communicate their feelings without feeling pressured or interrogated

How can it help?

Play Therapy is used to help children deal with problems such as divorce, bereavement and sexual abuse. It is also suitable for adolescents and adults, especially those who have difficulty in making sense of, or expressing their emotions. It has also proved effective for sufferers of verbal impairment.



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Play Therapy

The British Association Of Play Therapists

 
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