What is Theraplay?

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

In treatment, the Theraplay therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

We call this “building relationships from the inside out.”


Our Stories: How Theraplay Helped My Family

People talk about unconditional love, and I was put to the test to understand what that really means.  My husband and I entered into a special needs adoption… Read more...

No matter what I offer, my daughter is not happy.  Whenever she doesn’t get what she wants, she throws a temper tantrum... Read more...

My son used to be very violent, swearing, out of control.  He suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)… Read more...

My 18-year old daughter has a mild learning disability along with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  She does not socialize easily or spend time with her peers… Read more...

I missed four years of my son’s life due to deployments from the time he was born until I got out of the military when he was eight.  I remember the days strangers would actually tell me “you need to get ahold of that child before he gets bigger than you”… Read more...

My daughter was 11 years old and I was mother #6 for her when she came into our home.  She had been turned out of four different foster/adoptive homes in addition to her birth home… Read more...

 

What is Theraplay