Theraplay is a form of child and family therapy that aims to address behavioural, emotional, or developmental issues through a variety of fun and playful activities. This approach fosters a healthy and engaged interaction between parent and child and as a result helps to strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Typically, this approach is used in treatment with children up to age 12. However, Theraplay techniques can easily be modified for teenagers as well. Theraplay activities can also be integrated into other forms of therapy as well.
Theraplay can be beneficial for children of all ages, from 3 years old to adolescents. It is particularly effective for children as the focus of the therapy is on fun, playful interactions as opposed to talking.
As a result, Theraplay can be beneficial for children who would struggle to engage with more traditional forms of therapy. It can also act as a 'soft' introduction to therapy, where children are able to feel supported and understood, before starting to introduce potentially more challenging aspects of therapeutic work.
Theraplay aims to provide a well-structured, nurturing and engaging environment in which the emotional needs of the child can be met, and the parent-child relationship can be strengthened.
The Theraplay treatment process begins with a MIM assessment, to help determine the specific strengths and challenges of the child, and of the child-parent relationship.
The actual Theraplay sessions always involve both the child and the parent, and will consist of a number of simple, playful activities that parent and child can do together.
Missed appointments or sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full session fee