Play Therapy real case example

Case 1

Yung was a five-year-old boy with normal intellectual development. His academic performance was average, but he had some behavioral problems, such as beating other children when he was angry. Socially, he had poor peer relationship, and he had difficulty establishing a good relationship with adults. His teachers in kindergarten found that Jung's emotional control was very weak. He was easily agitated towards criticisms, and would scream when things were not on his way. Teachers described him as a rebellious and stubborn boy. He would stare at adults when he was angry. His teacher and social worker therefore referred Yung for play therapy.

In the first 10 play therapy sessions, Jung can gradually process his needs for power, control, success and security. He could use more appropriate ways to express his emotions. In the early stage of play therapy, Jung's play themes were mainly aggression, power and control. For example, he shot the tiger as it was naughty, and he put it far away from other farm animals. Jung used these symbolic plays to express his feeling of power, and gain a sense of control. In addition, Jung gradually processed his need to security through play. For example, he was scared when he heard some noises outside, and stopped playing. But at the later stage of play therapy, he could line up toy soldiers to protect himself and continue his play. His play gradually included more themes of nurturing, cooperation and peace.

Case 2

Dear Natalie,

Thank you very much in these play sessions.

I am really happy to see Alice starting to share her thoughts and her daily life with others as she never liked to do that before. She is beginning to realize and understand what is happening around her, e.g. Dad is away on business trip and coming back today.

I used the dotted lines to teach her to write her Chinese name as she found it difficult to write the it. I am glad she is trying to teach other with what she has been taught.

I am really happy to see Alice making progress doing and trying more things on her own.

I will continue training her to try to make decisions on her own, e.g. Where do you want to go today? What do you want to eat? etc.

Thanks again for all your help as I definitely do see Alice overcoming her hurdles step by step.

Best regards,


13th March, 2013