EXPERIENTIAL PLAY THERAPY
What is Experiential Play Therapy?
Experiential play therapy is a child-directed play therapy method
developed and tested by Drs. Byron and Carol Norton.
Like other child-directed play therapies, Experiential Play Therapy
recognizes that children are people, but they are not miniature adults.
Children are unique. Each child is worthy of respect.
Experiential Play Therapy allows the children to lead and be supported
by a counselor as they communicate and process their emotional
experiences. Children are capable of positive self-direction and strive
for growth and maturity. They will use their therapy where it is most
needed and will process their experiences in their own time and in
their own unique way.
During Experiential Play Therapy, children will work through the stages
of exploration, testing for protection, dependence, therapeutic growth,
and termination as they achieve mastery of their experience.
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Traumatic Stress
- Somataform Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders
- Developmental Issues
- Elimination Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Dysfuncitional Family Settings
- Selective Mutism
- Lack of Empowerment
- Identity Problems
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Obsessive/Compulsive disorder
- Narcissistic Children
Norton, C.C & Norton B. E.(1997). Reaching Children Through Play
Therapy An Experiential Approach. Denver, Colorado:The Publishing