17. Integration of Child-Centered Play Therapy and Theraplay

  1. Athena A. Drewes,
  2. Sue C. Bratton and
  3. Charles E. Schaefer
  1. Evangeline Munns

Published Online: 16 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch17

Integrative Play Therapy

Integrative Play Therapy

How to Cite

Munns, E. (2011) Integration of Child-Centered Play Therapy and Theraplay, 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.ch17

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470617922

Online ISBN: 9781118094792



  • child-centered play therapy;
  • theraplay;
  • brain growth;
  • neuronal connection growth;
  • insecure attachment patterns


This paper is focused on integration of two models, namely, child-centered play therapy and Theraplay, which are just opposite to each other in their techniques. Introduction of both the models is given. The practical implementation of the integrative approach is also given along with different set of sessions in which both the models are individually and mutually used. Here, it is concluded that integration of child-centered play therapy and Theraplay is an ideally beneficial when working with young children. Young children need both a directive and a nondirective approach, but irrespective of that a therapist has to be sensitively attuned to the child's nonverbal, as well as verbal cues, needs to be empathic, must give the child unconditional acceptance, and somehow transmit a positive feeling to the child for positive growth.