• Karen Doyle Buckwalter

Phyllis Booth: The Origins of Theraplay®

Karen Doyle Buckwalter welcomes Phyllis Booth for an exploration on the origins and early history of Theraplay.


Phyllis Booth is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical professional counselor, and a registered play therapist and supervisor. Along with developmental psychologist Ann Jernberg, Booth helped establish the theoretical underpinnings of the Theraplay approach to child and family therapy. Later she developed the training program for Theraplay and designed the certification practi

cum for therapists who employed the method. She has trained therapists in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, and South Korea and is the author of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships through Attachment-Based Play, now in its third edition.


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