The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as ‘the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development’ (APT, 2015). The application of play-based interventions in therapeutic settings with children dates back to the 1930s to Hermine Hug-Hellmuth, Anna Freud and Melanie Klein (Schaefer, 2011)
completion of each stage results in a healthy personality and the acquisition of basic virtues. Failure to successfully complete a stage can result in a reduced ability to complete further stages and therefore a unhealthier personality and sense of self. These stages, however, can be resolved successfully later.” (McLeod, 2017) Imelda is in the fifth stage Ericson’s theory.