Therapist Interview. The Field Of Child Counseling Has

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Therapist Interview The field of child counseling has been enriched through the integration of play therapy within different therapeutic approaches, as this method allows children to express thoughts and feelings that they might not be able to convey any other way due to their limited vocabulary (Henderson & Thompson, 2016). Over the past eight years, MacGill (2017) has built both her private practice, as well as functioned as a school counselor for students with special needs, MacGill demonstrates each day the many ways that play therapy can be integrated with several different therapeutic approaches as a method of building rapport and gaining a better understanding of each child’s mental health needs. MacGill is a Licensed Clinical…show more content…
In discussing the difficulty in organizing his book, Golden (2002) explains, “It would be nice if I could pigeonhole each case as illustrative of a single counseling method, but real-life cases just don’t work that way” (p. x). MacGill (2017) agrees with this assessment by Golden (2002), which she demonstrates in her self-described “eclectic approach to play therapy.” Within her work, MacGill (2017) relies heavily on both reality therapy and cognitive-behavioral play therapy based on the child’s presenting issues, as well as the involvement necessary by the child’s caregivers. In cases such as the serious grief and trauma that Kathy experienced in St. Thomas’s (as cited in Golden, 2002) case “Too Afraid to Talk,” MacGill (2017) suggests a child-centered play therapy approach, which allows the therapist to build rapport, as the child seeks self-healing through the comfort of the counselor just being with them during their play. While working with a child presenting with ADHD, a therapist might use a cognitive-behavioral intervention to teach the child self-directed techniques for gaining control and developing proper responses through a specially-designed game or activity (MacGill, 2017). Play Therapy According to a leading expert in play therapy, Landreth believes firmly that the focus of therapy needs to be on the child, not on the client, and children are the best
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