Cognitive behavioral play therapy is a type of play therapy which merges the traditional and very successful cognitive behavioral therapy with play therapy cognitive behavioral therapy cbt is based on the assumption that what you think affects how you feel and what you do. The term play therapy connotes a psychodynamically based type of intervention susan knells book expands on this traditional view of play therapy she discusses the various theoretical approaches to play therapy and then describes the integration of cognitive behavioral interventions with more traditional play therapy . Cognitive behavioral play therapy cognitive behavior therapy cbt is a structured goal oriented therapy with a strong rationale for its use with children and adolescents knell 2009 the focus of cbt is deficits or distortions in thinking which are postulated to interfere with appropriate social skills. The play therapist should also be trained in a recognized therapeutic approach such as child centered cognitive behavioral adlerian or gestalt therapy in addition to finding someone with the . Cognitive behavioral play therapy cbpt incorporates cognitive and behavioral interventions within a play therapy paradigm it provides a theoretical framework based on cognitive behavioral principles and integrates these in a developmentally sensitive way thus play as well as verbal and nonverbal approaches are used in resolving problems
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