What is Theraplay®?
Theraplay® is an interactive, directive attachment based play therapy. Having theoretical roots in Attachment Theory (Bowlby 1969, 1973, 1988) and interpersonal theories of human development, especially Self Psychology (Kohut, 1971, 1977, 1984) and Object Relations theory (Winnicott, 1958, 1965, 1971), Theraplay was at first known to be effective in treating parent-child relationship problems (Jernberg, 1979) and has currently used to effectively treat most of children's mental disorders including but not limited to emotional and behavioral disorders, complex trauma, autism, regulatory disorder, sensory integration disorder, and etc (Booth & Jernberg, 2010; Wetting, Coleman, & Geider, 2010). By helping children enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others through fun, physical, interactive, and healthy relationships in treatments, Theraplay often brings drastic changes of child;s concerned behaviors. The parents are always involved to become a co-regular or co-therapist in alleviating concerned behaviors.
Inside of Theraplay room
Theraplay area & Mirroring area
How Will Theraplay Benefit A Child?
As we work with families we have a number of important goals.
Children have been referred for a wide variety of problems including
Children also are referred for various behavior and interpersonal problems resulting from learning disabilities, developmental delays, and pervasive developmental disorders. Because of its original focus on attachment and relationship development, Theraplay has been used successfully for many years with foster and adoptive families.
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