Popular Play Therapy Books  

Books on this list may be purchased through PTUK either from Amazon or directly from us, as indicated. You can also purchase any book, CD etc. through our Amazon links - Any fees received via these links on our site go into the Play Therapy International Scholarship fund.  

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The first three titles are suggested as essential reading for anyone who wants to learn about play therapy.  

Dibs in Search Of Self

Ballantine Books    

0345 33925 8

Virginia M Axline

An easy to read introduction to play therapy by the founder of the non-directive play therapy approach. 

Windows To Our Children

The Gestalt Journal Press   

0-939266-06-7

Violet Oaklander 

Excellent coverage of many of the play therapy 'tools' and a gestalt approach to play therapy.


The Healing Path With Children

The Play Therapy Press   

1-896702-00-7

Mark A Barnes

A book written from the heart from a very experienced practitioner, the founder of PTI. Essential reading for all play therapy students. This title is available directly from Play Therapy International - please email: ptiorg@aol.com


The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Routledge   

0 415 19492 x

Allan Carr

An extremely comprehensive text book at an advanced level. Required reading for Diploma students.


Play Therapy

Ballantine Books   

0 345 30335 0

Virginia Axline

A good introductory text book.


Child Centred Play Therapy

Arnold   

0 340 65253 5

Janet West

A very readable introductory text book.


The Handbook of Play Therapy

Routledge   

0-415-05986-0

Linnet McMahon        

A good introductory text book.


Play Therapy - The Art of the Relationship

AD - Accelerated Development Inc.   

1 55959 017 3

Garry L Landreth

Essential reading for Certificate students by one the world's leading play therapy trainers.


Play Therapy

Bailliere Tindall   

0-7020-1487-7

Kendrick, Ryan, Wilson

Basic textbook.


Counselling Children A Practical Introduction

Sage Publications Ltd   

0-7619-5552-6

Kathryn Geldard, David Geldard   

Basic textbook


Reconnecting to the Magic of Life

Imaginal Press   

0-9673280-0-4

Joyce Mills        

Essential reading for the Certificate course from the world's leading creator of therapeutic metaphors.


The Handbook of Dramatherapy

Routledge   

0415-02922-8

Sue Jennings

Essential reading for the Certificate course from a founder of dramatherapy in the UK.  


Using Storytelling as a Therapeutic Tool with Children

Winslow Press   

86388-274-9

Margot Sunderland

Essential reading for the Certificate course from the UK's leading author of therapeutic stories.


Storytelling with Children

The Hawthorn Press   

1-869-890-02-7

Nancy Mellon

Essential reading for the Certificate course and anyone wanting to master the craft of storytelling.


Inscapes of the Child's World

Spring Publications  

0-88214-338-7

J Allen

Play therapy students have found this book very enlightening.

Not currently available through Amazon


Moon Over Water Meditation Made Clear With Techniques For Beginners and Initiates

Gateway Books   

0-946551.56.1

Jessica Macbeth

Essential introduction for techniques preceding creative visualisation.


Attachment and Loss

Penguin Books Ltd  

0 14 013837 4

John Bowlby

John Bowlby's writings on attachment are fundamental to understanding many of today's children's problems.


Music Therapy. Intimate Notes

Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd

1-85301-692-1

Mercedes Pavlicevic

Music therapy skills are essential for a Play Therapist.

This is a very good introduction.


Sandplay Therapy with Children and Families

Jason Aronson Ltd   

0-7657-0161-8

Lois Carey Sandplay is often the most powerful tool that a non directive Play Therapist is required to use.

This book is an excellent introduction.  


Sandplay Studies Origins, Theory and Practice

Sigo Press  

0-938434-41-1

Katherine Bradway, Karen Signell, Geraldine Spare, Charles Stewart, Clare Thompson, Louis Stewart

Diploma level text on this subject.


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