Dibs in Search of Self

Dibs in Search of Self


Personality Development in Play Therapy

The classic account of a lost boy's emotional breakthrough, from a renowed child psychotherapist'I welcome this book with all my heart' D. W. Winnicott

When renowned psychotherapist Virginia Axline first encountered Dibs at his New York School, he was a little boy lost to the world.

He would not talk. He would not play. He sat alone, defying every attempt at interaction.

Axline was the last resort. This is her seminal account of how, through weekly play therapy sessions over the course of one year, Dibs's extraordinary character, and the reason for his silent withdrawal, were gradually revealed. Dibs in Search of Self is a classic of child therapy, and a moving story of transformation.

'A very empowering and kind book' Tanya Byron

'It should be the law that you have to read this book' Adjoa Andoh, BBC Radio 4

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Virginia Mae Axline was a psychologist and one of the pioneers in the use of play therapy. She wrote the book Dibs in Search of Self. She was also the author of Play Therapy, published in 1947. Play therapy practice is still largely based on Axline's work.2022

Adult Non Fiction

Mind, Body and Spirit

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