Chapter 19

Individual Psychotherapy and the Use of Play with Children

Lance D. Clawson, M.D.


Fantasy play most always takes on a significant role within individual psychotherapy with children. Its function or importance in any particular instance is dependent on the age and developmental capacities of the child in question. Early in the evolution of psychoanalysis and then, subsequently, psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy, adapting the theory and technique of individual work with adults to the emotional and cognitive abilities of children was a challenging and important step. This “adaptation” was the incorporation of the use of play into the consultation room. George Moran (1987), summarized the developmental aspects of play ...

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