2. Integrating Play Therapy Theories Into Practice

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

Published Online: 16 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118094792.ch2

Integrative Play Therapy

Integrative Play Therapy

How to Cite

Drewes, A. A. (2011) Integrating Play Therapy Theories Into Practice, 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.ch2

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470617922

Online ISBN: 9781118094792



  • integration;
  • eclecticism;
  • therapeutic change;
  • psychological disorders;
  • psychopathology


In this chapter we will talk about the integration theory, technique, and common factors in psychotherapy as there has been a growing desire in the psychotherapy field to find out what can be learned from other theories. Integrative play therapy is a relatively newly developing approach to working with children and adolescents. It offers promise in its flexible use of integrating theory and techniques in order to offer clients the best treatment for their present problems. Because psychological disorders, especially for children and adolescents, are multilayered, complex and multidetermined, a multifaceted treatment approach is needed. In this chapter we will be emphasizing on the integration of playing therapy theories into practice. There are four techniques used for the application of this approach, which are discussed in detail.