Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy

Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology


Terry Marks-Tarlow (Author), Daniel J. Siegel (Author, UCLA School of Medicine), Marion Solomon (Author)

Overview | Contents

Distinguished clinicians demonstrate how play and creativity have everything to do with the deepest healing, growth, and personal transformation.

Through play, as children, we learn the rules and relationships of culture and expand our tolerance of emotions—areas of life "training" that overlap with psychotherapy. Here leading writers illuminate what play and creativity mean for the healing process at any stage of life.

Contributors include: Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Daniel J. Siegel, Marion Solomon, Aldrich Chan, Allan Schore, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Pat Ogden, Louis Cozolino, Theresa Kestly, Jaak Panksepp, Stuart Brown, Madelyn Eberly,  Zoe Galvez, Betsy Crouch, Bonnie Goldstein, and Steve Gross.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • November 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71171-4
  • 6.5 × 9.6 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy is a good resource for clinicians who may be skeptical about the concept of play in psychotherapy, yet may be burned out on traditional ways of doing therapy day after day. It provides a framework to approach the work from a different mindset, and perhaps breathe new life into clinical sessions.” — Psych Central

“This book explores creativity and play as related not only to psychotherapy but more broadly to improvisation and theater, confidence and self-awareness, optimism, parent-child relationships, ADHD, trauma, intuition, neurobiology, and even the future of humankind. The impressive list of contributors touch on a wide range of topics. The extensive coverage should not come as a surprise, given that play and creativity are such enormously important topics for individuals at all ages and in all cultures. Indeed, this book will fascinate psychotherapists as well as individuals who have nothing to do with psychotherapy but are interested in the fulfillment of potentials, both of individuals and of society as a whole.” — Mark A. Runco, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Creativity Research Journal

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