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Play Therapy 101 (Part One)

I'm often asked what play therapy is, and my answer varies from a few to a few thousand words. To begin to answer this, I think it helps to know the principles which underpin the practice of therapeutic play. Every discipline is built on the foundations of a few great thinkers and practitioners - think the Hippocratic Oath for doctors, Steiner, Montessori, Vygostsky (to name a very few) for educators. In the non-directive, holistic and integrated approach I follow, Virginia Mae Axline is my touchstone. You may be familiar with her most famous work, "Dibs In Search of Self" written in 1964 and highly influential across education and psychotherapy. It is an account of a "brilliant, lonely chil

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