Where the child is the most important person in the room!
As a therapist, Rachel Sullivan, a member of the Association for Play Therapy, maintains a deep respect for a child's ability to solve his own problems if given an opportunity to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the child's. The child leads the way; the therapist follows.
Non-directive and directive play therapy
Freedom to express thoughts and feelings
According to Virginia M. Axline, a brilliant play therapist, play is the natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to "play out" her feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual "talks out" his difficulties. By playing out these feelings a child can bring them to the surface, get to know them in the open, face them, learn to control them, or abandon them. Through this experience she begins to realize the power that she has within herself.