11-1 | Doing Play Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change

Book Review

Doing Play Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change

Terry Kottman and Kristin K. Meany-Walen
New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2018. Series’ editors’ notes, preface, acknowledgments, prelude, appendices, and index. 396 pp. $35.00 paper. ISBN: 9781462536054

by Jodi Ann Mullen

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In Doing Play Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change, authors Terry Kottman and Kristin K. Meany-Walen illuminate, discuss, deconstruct, and confront the clinical aspects of play therapy. They take the reader on a journey through the play therapy process using different lenses, and they challenge readers to analyze their own perspectives about human nature and how people change, heal, and grow. The text provides beginning, intermediate, and seasoned play therapists alike with a unique opportunity to consider various play therapy theories through the use of thoughtful questions. Kottman and Meany-Walen do not just connect with readers as authors, they also connect with them as teachers. Navigating the pages of the book, readers can solidify their theoretical and clinical perspectives and learn enough about alternative theories and approaches to speak intelligently about the clinical decisions play therapists make.