Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, known internationally as Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT), proposes a conceptual framework that integrates the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy with the therapeutic power of play, making them sensitive and appropriate to the child’s developmental level.

By designing specific play therapy interventions for preschool and school children, CBT therapy also becomes accessible for the 3-8 age group, facilitating the child’s direct involvement in therapy and stimulating his or her active role in the change process.

Through a structured intervention, the psychotherapist recreates situations from the child’s life and uses modeling, role-playing, desensitization, and other empirically supported CBT techniques to help the child modify dysfunctional modes of thinking and change his or her behavior.

Implementing play therapy to developmental cognitive-behavioral therapy helps children benefit from psychotherapy that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.