A Play Therapist demonstrates unconditional positive regard within the therapeutic relationship. This means that the child is fully accepted however they present upon entry to the play space.
This acceptance of the child's thoughts, feelings and play enables the child to feel heard and understood.
They use the metaphor of the play to communicate what is happening in their world to their therapist. The therapist's non-judgmental responses and reflections help the child make sense of these experiences through the safety of the play.