Hugs And I Love You’s: Responding to Children’s Affection
In this episode of the Play Therapy Podcast, I address a significant question from Tammy in rural British Columbia and I received a similar question from listener Katarina. Both inquire about how to respond when children express love or seek hugs during therapy sessions. Exploring this, I highlight the therapist’s personality and comfort with touch, stressing the importance of considering alternatives if physical touch isn’t within one’s comfort zone. I delve into the ethics surrounding physical affection, discussing how personal boundaries and professionalism play a role. I emphasize the significance of intention behind the child’s actions, underscoring the need to understand why they seek affection. Responding to these expressions of love, I share insights into potential responses, considering the child’s needs and the therapeutic relationship. Ultimately, the goal remains understanding and meeting the child’s needs in a child-centered approach.
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