12. Utilizing Bibliotherapy Within Play Therapy for Children With Anxieties and Fears

  1. Athena A. Drewes,
  2. Sue C. Bratton and
  3. Charles E. Schaefer
  1. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Published Online: 16 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch12

Integrative Play Therapy

Integrative Play Therapy

How to Cite

Pehrsson, D.-E. (2011) Utilizing Bibliotherapy Within Play Therapy for Children With Anxieties and Fears, in Integrative Play Therapy (eds A. A. Drewes, S. C. Bratton and C. E. Schaefer), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470617922

Online ISBN: 9781118094792



  • bibliotherapy;
  • anxieties;
  • fears;
  • bibliocounseling;
  • bibliopsychology


This chapter is an introduction for play therapists who wish to include book work in their practices. This work offers general guidelines for competent use of bibliotherapy within play therapy. Particular applications for work with children with fears, worries, and anxieties are offered. Countless advantages for integrating bibliotherapy and play therapy exist. The emphasis in bibliotherapy is on reception, while the emphasis in play therapy is on expression, but certainly there are elements of both in the two modalities. Bibliotherapy is largely a receptive avenue for learning about problems and solutions, and identifying with the feelings of others. In play therapy, children can express their feelings in symbols, analogies, and metaphors and through actions work to solve their own problems.