What is Theraplay?                                                                                                                                                                    Theraplay is a form of play therapy that focuses on building and enhancing the attachment and emotional bonds between parents and children. It is based on attachment theory which emphasizes the importance of secure and healthy emotional connections in a child’s development. Theraplay is particularly effective for children with attachment issues, behaviors problems, and a range of emotional and social issues.

Theraplay sessions are led by trained therapists and involve structured and interactive play between the child and their parent/caregiver. The therapy uses playful and engaging activities to strengthen the emotional connection between the child and the parent.

Theraplay can be used to address a variety of challenges, including:

1. Attachment Issues: Theraplay is particularly effective in treating children with attachment issues, and it can be used to help establish a secure attachment between the child and their parents.

2. Behavioral Problems: Theraplay can be used to address behavioral issues in children, including aggression, defiant behavior, difficulty following rules, and challenges with transitions. By strengthening the parent-child bond, Theraplay can decrease negative behavior.

3. Trauma and PTSD: For children who have experienced trauma, Theraplay can be a useful approach to help them process and heal from traumatic experience, reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

4. Anxiety and Depression: Theraplay can be incorporated into the treatment of children with anxiety and depressive issues by helping to alleviate symptoms and by promoting a sense of safety and emotional connection.

5. Social and Emotional Challenges: Children with social and emotional difficulties, such as difficulty making friends or regulating their emotions, can benefit from Theraplay by learning to improve their social skills and emotional regulation.

6. Developmental Delays: Theraplay may be integrated into early intervention services for children with developmental delays by helping to stimulate development and improve social and emotional skills.

7. Adoption and Foster Care: Theraplay is often used to support children and their adoptive or foster parents in forming strong, healthy attachments and adjusting to new family dynamics.

I am a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Theraplay Trainer, and I provide supervision for therapists completing the Theraplay practicum. I would welcome the opportunity to talk further about starting Theraplay with your family. To find out more about Theraplay or to schedule your initial appointment, please contact me at [email protected] or complete the Contact Form below.


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Jeremy Johnson, MSMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Theraplay Supervisor-In-Training
Certified Brainspotting Practitioner
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

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130 Imperial Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075