“We know so little about the complex intricacies of childhood and are limited in our efforts to discover and understand the meanings in childhood because we are forced to allow children to teach us. Many adults don’t want to be taught by children, but we can only learn about children from children. Children bring to the relationship with the therapist a rich tapestry of emotional possibilities from which they weave the intricacies of their personalities. The direction these emotional possibilities take is affected by the person of the therapist, the kinds of responses the therapist makes, and what children sense in the therapist.”
Landreth, G.L. (1991). Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. Levittown, PA: Accelerated Development Inc.