How it Feels to be You: Objects, Play and Child Psychotherapy

Author(s) : Tamsin Cottis

How it Feels to be You: Objects, Play and Child Psychotherapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : May 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 95541
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494285
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913494

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Through the stories of individual children, this book will illuminate the process of creative, play-based child psychotherapy. Each chapter focuses on a particular issue that brings a child or a young person to the therapy room, and explores the use and meaning of particular objects and ‘object games’.

Readers will gain a profound understanding through these dynamic stories of therapy channeled through the objects the children choose to bring into play.





Chapter 1. Samina: A game of Jenga


Chapter 2. Jake: Toy soldiers in the desert

Children who are hard to reach

Chapter 3. Zara: A life-size soft toy cheetah and a cake made of clay

Supporting children whose parents separate

Chapter 4. Theo: Players and playgrounds

Reluctant talkers

Chapter 5. Hakan: An inflatable globe and the 50 Clip-together Felt Pens

Children who can’t keep still

Chapter 6. Cristina: A bowl of green paint soup

Supporting children who are bereaved

Chapter 7. Polly: Wet sand and emoji cushions

Therapy for children with learning disabilities

Chapter 8. Jordan and Francesca: A full diary and a giant bean bag

Moving on from therapy, moving on from childhood




Reviews and Endorsements

"Cottis’s illustrations and explanations of how a Child Therapist works flow seamlessly from events and processes in the session with the child and then, quite naturally, the drama of the session takes over – so the reader is never bored, always pulled along by the narrative, yet ever more informed. This is a beautiful book, describing beautiful work." - Anne Alvarez, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, author of The Thinking Heart.

‘This is a wonderful and engaging book. Tamsin is the therapist you'd want every child to have. I learnt so very much.’ - Dr. Susie Orbach, Psychoanalyst and author.

About the Author(s)

Tamsin Cottis has 10 years post-qualification experience as a child therapist and over 25 years of working therapeutically with people with learning disabilities at an organisation she co-founded called Respond.

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