Play Therapy is a counseling approach that uses children’s most natural means for expression: play, to communicate how they feel about themselves, the significant people in their lives, and their experiences.
Play Therapy begins with a consultation with the child’s caregivers. At that time, a comprehensive history is obtained and a plan is established that best supports the child’s needs.
Next, the child participates in individual play therapy sessions. The typical course of individual play therapy is approximately 18 sessions, though the number may be more or less, depending on the nature of the referral and the child’s progress.
Once the child’s individual therapeutic needs are met, the child’s caregiver’s are integrated into the therapy. After twenty years of working with young children, Christian has learned the value of integrating the most influential adults into the child’s therapy whenever possible.
With this objective in mind, Christian has written Universal Play Therapy: A Guide for Supporting Young Children’s Development. The manual serves as the foundation for his work with caregivers participating in their child’s play therapy.
For more information about play therapy, please visit The Association for Play Therapy at www.a4pt.org.