Bibliotherapy In Play Therapy & Grief & Loss

Let books in play therapy, grief and loss, and other genres help you in the counseling session with all types of client issues. You don't have to counsel alone! These books make great therapy warm ups!

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Bibliotherapy in Play Therapy & Creative Counseling

I cannot imagine not using books in my play therapy sessions with children! Many play therapists miss out on this valuable tool.

Bibliotherapy has been used in therapy in many different settings.

There are some wonderful play therapy books out there that address every feeling including depression, divorce, anxiety, death, bullies, self-esteem, friendship issues, etc.

I find that play therapy bibliotherapy helps children work through many different issues and can be a beneficial way to help children problem solve and overcome emotional issues.

Sometimes, it is helpful to have another “voice” or “perspective” in therapy other than yours. Bibliotherapy helps the therapist by showing the client another perspective.

Materials for Play Therapy Bibliotherapy:

Library Bibliotherapy Books

Bibliotherapy E-Books

Your Bibliotherapy Books

Directions for Play Therapy Bibliotherapy:

1. Find and utilize play therapy bibliotherapy books by choosing titles that relate to the issue the child is dealing with.

2. It is best to have the parent, or play therapist read the book first without the child present.

Then, the parent, or play therapist can make adjustments with what pages in the book would be most beneficial to the child.

3. Bibliotherapy in Play Therapy can be a great starting point for a session or the ending of a session, especially if you are e a new therapist or the topic is uncomfortable. Let the “book” break the ice.

4. Play Therapist can also gather play therapy bibliotherapy books to recommend and/or check out to parents to take home and read to their children.

Play therapist especially need to be aware of what type of bibliotherapy books are out there for children .

They also need to be able to utilize them in the play therapy session, or offer either the title or actual book to the child’s caretakers.

Parents expect the play therapist to know and recommend books and books on a certain topics.

5. Play Therapy Bibliotherapy books need to be part of any play room or therapists office.

Play Therapist need to keep lists of what books to recommend to parents and have quick access to this list when suggesting books to parents.

Parents may need additional support by reading bibliotherapy books that help them understand their child’s mental health issue .

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Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.

*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed  mental health professional immediately.

"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.

For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.

Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.

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