The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy: Practical Guidelines for Child Therapists

The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy: Practical Guidelines for Child Therapists

The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy: Practical Guidelines for Child Therapists

The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy: Practical Guidelines for Child Therapists

Synopsis

This book is an introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy a technique which combines the principles of gestalt theory with play techniques, so that children are able to use play to address their needs and problems. Research has shown that this approach can be applied successfully in children with different types of emotional problems in order to improve their self-support and self-esteem. The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy provides the reader with an explanation of gestalt theory, a practical explanation of the Gestalt Play Therapy model and also a wide range of play techniques that can be applied during each phase of the therapy process. It also features case studies throughout which illustrate how the techniques work in practice.

Excerpt

The Handbook of Gestalt Play Therapy: Practical Guidelines for Child Therapists will provide you with the most current research in gestalt play therapy. This book presents an integrated perspective that emphasizes the necessity for knowledge in assessment, treatment planning, loss and trauma and HIV/AIDS. To help the reader to think critically and get the most out of this book the author has incorporated case studies handled the gestalt way.

The author has used her creative talents and skilful emotional intelli- gence to form a compendium of ideas and to escape the bounds of rigidity. The aim of this book is not only to provide theoretical information but also to bring understanding through the practical handling of particular situa- tions as exemplified in the case studies.

This work provides an extensive source of information on gestalt play therapy. It is a comprehensive work and applicable to therapists working the gestalt way. It serves as a thought-provoking springboard in various topics for both therapists and students.

Dr Hannie Schoeman, Gestalt play therapy trainer . . .

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