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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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THERENSE, Munique. The play therapy in the phenomenological-existential perspective of children in clinical care. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.1, pp. 15-25. ISSN 1809-6867.

This study emerges from the necessity of enlarge the comprehension about this modality of clinical practice. Is aimed the comprehension of Ludotherapy through children's perspective, knowing the ascribed meanings toward the therapeutic process, the psychologist, and the participation of the children in the treatment. Is a qualitative study, of phenomenological basis, and participants, six children in the age group between six and ten years old, in ludotherapic treatment for at least six months, indicated by the therapists. Data analysis was guided by a variant of the phenomenological method proposed by Amadeo Giorgi. Results showeda previous unknowledge about psychologist's activity by children referred to Ludotherapy; the meanings associated to the motives of a referral to the psychologist highlight the conflict "be a problem versus have a problem"; the characteristics of the therapeutic process, like the specificities of the relation client-therapist and the notion of freedom, are comprehended by children; they show, yet, notable pleasure in the therapeutic process. Finally, is concluded that the meanings children ascribe to Ludotherapy are coherent to those proposed in the literature on infant's psychotherapeutic process under the Humanist and Phenomenological perspectives.

Keywords : play therapy; childhood; phenomenology.

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