Play Therapy Research Paper

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In the field of psychology, therapies play a major role. Therapies are used to treat the clients with several psychological disorders. There are many types of therapies that can be found in the field of psychology. Such as CBT, Family therapy, Systematic desensitization. Occupational therapy, Play therapy etc. These therapies are mainly based on some of the major approaches. Such as Psychoanalysis approach, Humanistic approach, Behavior approach and cognitive approach. Play therapy will be discussed in this paper in the aspects of its approach, techniques used in the therapy, it’s strengths and weaknesses and modern application of the therapy.
As mentioned early there are many approaches used in psychotherapy. When it comes to play therapy
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As a medium of communication, it allows the child to transmit their anxiety, fears, fantasies, and guilt with the objects rather people. Because of children are fantasizing the play, they won’t be overwhelmed by their actions and they will also be safe from their own feelings as it distant from reality. When the child is expressing themselves from the play, therapist must go up to their level of communication to bond with the child (Landreth, Garry L, 2012). For the child, play therapy is more likely counselling therapy to an adult. Just like adults trying to communicate their inner feelings through language children expresses their inner world through symbolic function of play (Garry Landreth & Sue Bratton, 1999). Therefore, relationship between the therapist and the child plays a major role (Garry Landreth & Sue Bratton,…show more content…
Those activities cannot be randomly chosen as it should have a rationale for being chosen (Hambidge, 1955 as cited in Elsa Soto Legge, Jennifer N. Boswell, 2017 ). For an example, first the therapist should review the child’s case history to understand the problem and recreate events with less threatening toys and materials and then using play to recover from events. Furthermore, directive play will take place after the child and the therapist build up a positive relationship between them (Hambidge, 1955 as cited in Elsa Soto Legge, Jennifer N. Boswell,
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