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Hidden Treasure

A Map to the Child's Inner Self

By Violet Oaklander, Ph.D.

Hidden Treasure

Violet Oaklander (April 18, 1927 – September 21, 2021) was a child and adolescent therapist known for her method of integrating Gestalt Therapy theory and practice with play therapy. Oaklander was the author of the books Windows to Our Children: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Children and Adolescents (The Gestalt Journal Press, 1978; published in 16 languages) and Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child's Inner Self (Routledge, 2006; published in 8 languages), as well as several journal articles, book chapters, and audio and video recordings on psychotherapeutic work with children.[1] Oaklander had a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, a Master of Science in Special Education with emotionally disturbed children, and was a certified Gestalt therapist.

Hidden Treasure is a follow up to Oaklander's first book, Windows To Our Children. Most of the books available in working with this population are written from a traditional 'play therapy' point of view. The Gestalt Therapy-based approach provides a more effective method for psychotherapeutic work with children of all ages. The focus is on the relationship between the therapist and client, rather than observation and interpretation.


It is a vigorous, dynamic approach.Violet Oaklander uses a wide variety of creative, expressive and projective techniques in her work, and each chapter reflects and exemplifies the use of this work in the service of therapy. The approach is applicable to a wide variety of ages, as well as individual, family and group settings.


The book will interest child and adolescent psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, interns, school personnel as well as graduate-level students. Parents may also find it helpful, as well as adults who are interested in the child within.

Additional Information :

Published 2006 (Routledge) - ISBN:  9781855754904 - 248 Pages - Paperback

Rights: World

Sold: Czech, German, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

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