Rediscovering Play

Rediscovering Play

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Editor's Note

Livia Kent

If play is so vital to our health and well-being, why isn’t it emphasized more in the adult... Read more

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You've Got to Be Kidding

The Power of Humor in Therapy

Shared laughter is an attachment language. Though therapists usually engage more knowingly with tears, the exchange of brighter affect is another kind of... Read more

Awakening the Playful Self

A Depressed Client Rediscovers Connection

Most therapies are missing out on a fundamental tool for healing when they ignore the power of feeling playful embodiment with others. To help our clients grow... Read more

Taking Play Therapy Seriously

The Surprising Journey to Widespread Acceptance

Many play therapists still find themselves having to explain what they do and why it works. But after more than a century, play therapy has finally come into... Read more

Free Play with Neurodivergent Kids

Insights from DIRFloortime

Is there an alternative to applied behavioral analysis for children on the spectrum? Read more

When Humor Hurts

What Lies Beneath a Couple’s Jokes

The jokes many couples share reinforce their identity as an “us.” But there can be a dark side to humor in couples, too. Read more

The Playful Therapist

7 Clinicians Share Their Best Strategies

In this collection, master therapists share how they’ve used humor in ways that both enliven and enrich the work of therapy. Read more

Extra Feature

The Myth of the Individual

Tapping into the Relational Brain

Current research indicates that we’re not walled-in, freestanding individuals. Our human brains—in fact, most mammals’ brains—are built for... Read more


Therapy Meets the Metaverse

A New Approach to Treating Young Clients

Embracing a Shared Retirement Vision

Helping Older Couples Make Rewarding Choices

When Actions Speak Louder than Words

Creating Change Through Therapeutic Rituals

Reframing Complex PTSD

Can Trauma Symptoms Be Assets?

De-escalating Disputes

How Therapists Can Stop Runaway Conflict

Whose Mom Is It Anyway?

Learning to Love My Mother’s Caregiver