Child-Centered Play Therapy

Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is the method of play therapy developed by Virginia  Axline, an associate of Carl Rogers. CCPT follows the principles of Client-Centered Therapy  of creating a non-judgmental, emotionally supportive therapeutic atmosphere, but with clear  boundaries that provide the child with psychological safety to permit the learning of  emotional and behavioral self-regulation. Research has validated that this is a powerful  method for decreasing a wide range of child problems, for overcoming traumatic experiences, for developing expressive freedom and creativity, and for building self-esteem and more mature, pro-social behaviors. CCPT is based on eight clear principles applied in a systematic way to equip the therapist with a method uniquely capable of handling the many challenges of playing therapeutically with children and achieving predictively positive results.


Filial Therapy

Filial Family Therapy (FFT), also known as Child Relationship Enhancement® Family Therapy, represents an extension of the principles of the Child-Centered Play Therapy Model to the entire family unit. FFT is designed for instances where children between ages 2 and 12 present with problems where inclusion of their parent(s) would be advantageous. Essentially, parents are systematically trained to conduct therapeutic play sessions with their children while receiving on-going supervision and support from me to reach four goals:


  1. to reduce child symptoms
  2. to enhance the parent-child relationship
  3. to improve child competence and self-esteem
  4. to improve parenting skills.


Supported by a wealth of research, FFT has been empirically demonstrated to be a highly effective approach and has demonstrated the attainment of goals for both children and parents across a wide variety of problems from parent-child relationship enhancement in divorce situations to parental abuse of children. Short (10 week) and longer formats with individual parents and their child(ren), or couples and groups of unrelated parents can be used.


More information can be found at www.nire.org, or by calling me to set up an appointment.