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 :
    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 illuminates the process of creative, play-based child psychotherapy. Each chapter focuses on a specific 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’. These insightful and dynamic stories offer readers a profound understanding of the healing power of play in the context of child psychotherapy.





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 is a child psychotherapist and co-founder of Respond, the UK’s leading agency for psychotherapy and counselling for people with learning disabilities. She works in primary schools and in private practice, supporting children and young people with diverse needs.

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