Sexual Behaviors Directed At The Therapist Theme In Play Therapy

Jan 9, 2024

In this episode, I delve into the challenging theme of sexual behaviors directed at the therapist in play therapy sessions. This difficult subject can manifest in various ways, from sexualized contact to exhibitionism or attempts to view the therapist’s body. I discuss the potential meanings behind these behaviors, including a need to test trust, seek approval, or mimic learned actions from exposure to inappropriate content. It’s crucial to approach this issue with caution, understanding that such behaviors may not always indicate abuse but require careful observation and documentation. While setting clear boundaries is essential, it’s equally important to maintain unconditional love and acceptance for the child. Navigating these situations with sensitivity and a focus on the child’s emotional well-being is key.

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References:

  • Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
  • VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
  • Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
  • Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.
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