Theraplay® is a child and family therapy that focuses on improving the child's behavioural and emotional challenges through the parent-child relationship.
In a Theraplay session, the therapist guides the parent and child through playful games, challenging activities and nurturing interactions. Theraplay helps the child experience previously difficult interactions in new ways, helps overcome fear and increase trust and creates a positive change in the child's sense of self.
Theraplay helps the parent be attuned to the child, understand the motives of the child's behaviour and the underlying needs, manage environmental stimuli and carefully challenge the child in a safe place.
While other therapies may work primarily with the child alone or work with parents on managing the child's behaviours, Theraplay focuses on the parent-child relationship as the most powerful and influential element for change.