Non-directive play therapy is based in the principle that children carry inherent wisdom and know what they need in order to heal. Non-directive play therapists often utilize Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT). CCPT is evidenced based and is based upon Person Centered therapy, a well established adult modality. The non-directive approach offers children access to a playroom that contains a wide variety of toys which allow the child to optimally express their emotions and experiences safely through the developmentally appropriate language of play. The non-directive therapist ensures safety and sets healthy boundaries, while allowing the child to express themselves in ways that they are not able to access verbally due to developmental limitations. Children who are experiencing anxiety, behavioral issues, challenges with peers, anger, sadness, and grief, or who have experienced trauma, often benefit from non-directive play therapy. Summer Counseling's non-directive therapists are trained in Child-Centered, Experiential, and Somatic Play Therapy and will tailor therapeutic approaches to the needs of your child.
Parents and guardians who are interested in this approach are encouraged to visit University of North Texas's website to learn more about this approach: https://cpt.unt.edu/what-is-play-therapy
The following video from the Association for Play Therapy is also strongly encouraged when considering this approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reJpo-GaopM
Providers who offer non-directed play therapy are: