Eight Principles According to Axline Broken Down
1 & 2: Establishing rapport with the child that is warm, friendly, and accepting.
3 & 4: The child must feel free to express all of their emotions and the therapist should make every effort to verbally reflect the emotions back.
5 & 6: Child empowerment- The therapist follows, the child leads the way
7: The therapist should not rush the therapeutic process but rather recognizes it as a process.
8: Limit limitations: The only limitation should be that the child stays in the realm of reality and is aware that setting limits is part of their role in the play.
Axline, V. (1947). Play Therapy. New York: Ballantine Books.