Strengthening Parent –Child Relationships Through Play
Within this approach parents are co-therapists. Why are parents the best healers of their children? Your relationship with your child is the answer. While stress and problems can disrupt family life and ordinary love of your child is not enough, special skills can transform caring into healing.
Child centered play therapy is a long established form of ply therapy that focuses on a child’s development of self-awareness and choices. In the 1950’s Drs. Louise and Bernard Guerney began to adapt formal child-centered play therapy methods developed by Axline, Dorfman and Moustakas for use by parents.
The Guerney’s named this adaptation Filial therapy. The name comes from the Latin word for son and the Greek work for the kind of love, which is gently kind, interested in the other person and supportive of development. Today the word filial means between parent and child. This is an accurate description of the intention and the specific therapeutic process of filial therapy.