Play Continuum Frequently Asked
Question 4: Is a Play Therapist using
psychological therapies the same as a child psychotherapist or psychologist?
No - not usually. A Play Therapist is
not trained to deal with severe mental health or personality problems. A child
psychotherapist will normally form a longer therapeutic relationship with the
client/patient and may use many elements of play therapy.
In some countries - but not the UK - a
Play Therapist may only be licenced to practice if they are also an accredited
A clinical psychologist has completely
different training, normally cognitively based.
Some clinical psychologists subsequently acquire play therapy skills.
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