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Therapeutic Approaches


At Georgia Family Therapy, we believe that the foundation of a child's emotional wellbeing is firmly rooted in the quality of the relationship they have with their caregivers. To strengthen these crucial bonds, we use an engaging and impactful approach known as Theraplay.

What is Theraplay?

Theraplay is a structured, play-based therapy designed to enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It's based on the natural patterns of parent-child communication that lead to secure attachment and aims to replicate this healthy interaction within the therapy setting. Theraplay is unique in its active, direct, and interpersonal approach to resolving behavioral and emotional challenges.

How does Theraplay Work?

Theraplay sessions involve fun and engaging games, developmental challenges, nurturing activities, and calm, soothing interactions led by the therapist, often involving both the child and caregiver. The emphasis is on the four dimensions of Theraplay: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge.

Theraplay is typically quite active and filled with laughter, with the therapist guiding the interaction and modeling supportive and empathetic communication. The aim is to create an emotional experience, with reciprocal interaction and joyful connection being the central theme. This can help create a more robust, healthier relationship and promote positive behavior changes.

Who can Theraplay Benefit?

Theraplay can benefit children and their parents or caregivers, particularly those experiencing difficulties in their relationships due to behavioral problems, emotional disturbances, trauma, attachment disorders, or developmental delays. It's also beneficial for adoptive and foster families, helping to build secure attachments.

How can Theraplay Help you Reach your Goals?

Theraplay can facilitate a deeper parent-child connection, improve communication, build trust, and boost self-esteem and resilience in children. It helps parents better understand their child's needs and offers practical tools to meet those needs effectively, improving parenting confidence.

By strengthening the bond between parent and child, Theraplay can lead to a reduction in behavioral issues, better emotional regulation in children, and enhanced family harmony. At Georgia Family Therapy, our Theraplay sessions are designed to help you and your child experience the joy of a connected, loving relationship, empowering you to nurture a happy, resilient, and secure family unit.

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Challenges Addressed


Relational Issues

Attachment Issues

Social Skills

Emotion Dysregulation

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