Cincinnati Counseling and Play Therapy occasionally uses theraplay -- a unique intervention of play therapy between the child and parent to enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and engagement.
Theraplay is an evidenced-based practice that promotes positive interaction between a child and parent(s). It was developed to use the natural and playful interactions of parents and children in healthy relationships. Sessions center on four qualities of secure parent-child relationships: structure, engagement, nurture, and challenge. Theraplay sessions actively create a connection between the child and parent(s). Results include more positive interactions between the child and parent(s), and children often increase emotional regulation and sense of self-worth.
Theraplay requires that the parents to actively participate. This entails parents completing a 3-step assessment / intake process to evaluate if Theraplay fits your child's needs. Following the assessment, parents can expect weekly sessions with their child, and once to twice monthly sessions without the child.
Children and parents who have difficulty connecting for various reasons grow and improve with Theraplay. Theraplay has also been an effective intervention for children with histories of adoption, foster-care, and traumatic experiences.