Through the stories of individual children, this book illuminates the process of creative, play-based child psychotherapy. Each chapter focuses on a specific issue that brings a child or a young person to the therapy room and explores the use and meaning of particular objects and object games. These insightful and dynamic stories offer readers a profound understanding of the healing power of play in the context of child psychotherapy.
Tamsin Cottis is a child psychotherapist and co-founder of Respond, the UKs leading agency for psychotherapy and counselling for people with learning disabilities. She works in primary schools and in private practice, supporting children and young people with diverse needs.
Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction 1. Samina: A game of Jenga Beginnings 2. Jake: Toy soldiers in the desert Children who are hard to reach 3. Zara: A life-size soft toy cheetah and a cake made of clay Supporting children whose parents separate 4. Theo: Players and playgrounds Reluctant talkers 5. Hakan: An inflatable globe and the 50 Clip-together Felt Pens Children who cant keep still 6. Cristina: A bowl of green paint soup Supporting children who are bereaved 7. Polly: Wet sand and emoji cushions Therapy for children with learning disabilities 8. Jordan and Francesca: A full diary and a giant bean bag Moving on from therapy, moving on from childhood References Appendix Index