“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”
Bibliotherapy is the use of carefully selected picture books, read aloud in session with the therapist, to stimulate feeling expression and active therapeutic play. Children often relate to story characters and empathize with similar struggles. Discussion of these stories helps to identify feelings, promote empathy, and increase communication and problem solving skills, which the child can then transfer to their home and school environments. For more information on how bibliotherapy can work in a child’s therapy session, please read the article: Reading as Therapy.
You may also watch the video below by Pam Dyson, fellow play therapist and Founder of the DFW Center for Play Therapy Training.