Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) is a developmental modification of CBT for children ages two and a half to six years. Like CBT, children learn new behavioral skills and learn more helpful ways of thinking about problems. In CBPT, dolls, puppets and storybooks are used to model the skills being taught. A playful approach is used throughout and children typically enjoy the process and look forward to coming to therapy. CBPT is used to treat:

  • Anxiety/phobias
  • Selective mutism
  • Encopresis
  • Difficulties with adjustment due to divorce
  • Adjustment to school

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