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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 Child Psychotherapist.   A clinical psychologist has completely different training, normally cognitively based.  Some clinical psychologists subsequently acquire play therapy skills.  

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