Honoring the Person Within the Child: Meeting the Needs of Children through Child-Centered Play Therapy


Holliman, Ryan, Myers, Charles E. and Blanco, Pedro J.


Child-centered play therapy (CCPT) is the developmentally responsive application of Carl Rogers' person-centered theory in helping children by incorporating selected play materials within a safe, therapeutic environment. A look at the differing views on the application of empathic listening in CCPT is explored. Some mental health professionals criticize CCPT as being limited in its application; however, research supports the effectiveness of CCPT in meeting a wide range of presenting concerns in contrast to the personal beliefs of some mental health professionals. The application of CCPT provides children a caring, accepting relationship that frees their inner ability to grow and heal through honoring the person within the child.