Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy is a therapeutic intervention that adapts CBT techniques in a play setting with children who take an active role in the process of change and problem mastery.
It is based on cognitive and behavioral theories of emotional development and psychopathology and defines an integrated psychotherapy model that incorporates empirically supported techniques with the use of play therapy (Knell, 1993; Geraci, 2022).
Cognitive behavioral play therapy has clear guidelines that guide the clinician to design an effective intervention for various issues.
Much emphasis is placed on the use and choice of tools for structured intervention. In children, language is not yet fully developed; consequently, one of the greatest challenges in therapy is to find alternatives to sophisticated language.
These guidelines are based on the organization of specific phases of therapy, the conceptualization of the case, and the integration of CBT techniques into play therapy (CBT play therapy).