Theraplay®  is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay® sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.

In treatment, the Theraplay® practitioner guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.

We call this “building relationships from the inside out.”




A message to Theraplay Practitioners and Supervisors

If you are looking for information or advice on your practice during these difficult times, then please be aware that there are currently two Facebook groups that have been created to provide a forum to disseminate and share good practice.
You will find support on areas such as remotely working with families, providing supervision via online videoconferencing  and issues such as insurance and risk assessments.

Facebook Group for UK Practitioners
If you have completed Level 1 or Group Theraplay, you will be able to access the following group – Theraplay UK Organisation – Practitioners

Facebook Group for UK Trainers and Supervisors
This group can be accessed at Theraplay UK Organisation – Trainers and Supervisors

(Please note that when you request to join these groups, you will be asked to give details of your training to demonstrate eligibility – you must answer all questions on joining, and agree to group rules. These private Facebook Groups are administered by Theraplay UK)

We look forward to hearing from you.


Theraplay UK is an affiliate of The Theraplay® Institute. Theraplay® is a registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute in the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union (with the exception of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Chile.)  For more information about Theraplay service mark guidelines click here.