HopeSprings is one of only a few providers within our geographical area that has a therapist certified to offer Theraplay, a child and family therapy, based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child. In this therapy, interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge.
During Theraplay, a therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games; developmentally challenging tasks; and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected, and worthy.
At Cunningham, we have found that Theraply is especially effective for children who have consistently been exposed to stress and trauma or who have had difficult relationships with the adults in their lives. Through structured play, these kids have an outlet to express thoughts and feelings they can't put into words.