Traditional Therapies with Children

  • June M. Tuma


This chapter summarizes the major psychotherapy modalities for children who manifest emotional problems. Rather than define reasons for including some approaches and for excluding others on the basis of some organizing principle, such as that they are “dynamic,” I have chosen to consider only those methods that have been popularly used in the United States throughout the history of child psychotherapy and those that are not behavioral, as a consideration of behavioral approaches follows in Chapter 23. The approaches discussed here include individual psychotherapy with children (i.e., psychoanalytic, psychoanalytically oriented, relationship, structured, and client-centered therapies). Major philosophical theories of psychotherapy with children will be outlined, with a focus on the differences and commonalities of the differing viewpoints. The most accepted technical considerations are then developed for the purpose of indicating major trends in present psychotherapeutic practice. The present status of individual therapy with children is then assessed through an analysis of research.


Traditional Therapy Middle Phase Consult Psychology Individual Psychotherapy Play Therapy 
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  • June M. Tuma
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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