Play Therapy, Theraplay, Family Therapy

Child & Adolescent Therapy


618 Ponder Place Drive, Suite 2       Evans, GA 30809       Phone: 706.825.8491      Fax:706.550.0340

All of our staff are trained in Family Systems Therapy and Parenting. We currently employ two therapists who specialize in working with young children and two therapists who specialize in teens/adolescents. Our treatment approach when seeing child/adolescent will depend on the presenting problems, but we will draw from our specialized training in each area to customize the treatment plan to fit the individual/family in session. We rely on the use of therapy models that fit the developmental and cognitive abilities of the child/teen. We utilize our play therapy room and play items in many sessions with this age group. These spaces/items may also be used in family sessions to model healthy parent-child interactions. We also offer this space for supervised visitations for those families who seek a safe, family friendly location for supervised visitation schedules.

What to expect from Child and Family Therapy...

At the first session your therapist will gain background information about the child and family. You will also be asked to sign consent forms to allow the therapist to meet with your child/family. Based on the presenting issues and child’s needs an assessment will be scheduled to determine the type of treatment your child/family should receive. Your therapist will discuss treatment options and develop a treatment plan that may include play therapy, theraplay, and/or traditional therapy models to best meet the needs of you and your family. Please feel free to contact your therapist with any questions.

What is Play Therapy, and how does it help kids?

Play therapy refers to a number of treatment methods that build on the natural way children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play therapy has been applied to facilitate self-esteem, increase self-efficacy, and decrease maladaptive behaviors. Play therapy is also used as the preferred, developmentally appropriate treatment modality when working with young children affected by parental divorce, child abuse, disabilities, bereavement, trauma, and other diverse psychosocial and psychological issues that negatively impact psychosocial functioning.

How does Theraplay differ from other types of child therapy?

Theraplay is based on attachment theory and focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship. It focuses on the “here and now”, not what happened in the past. Because it does not involve verbal or symbolic understanding, it can be used with very young children or children with developmental delays. The “Theraplay way” flows easily from the clinical setting to the home. Theraplay treatment is appropriate for all ages—infancy through adolescence. Theraplay can be offered in several session types- individual (one child and parent), family, and/or group settings. Separate assessment sessions will be needed for each child participating in treatment to assess the specific needs of that child, regardless of whether the child will be seen in individual or family sessions.

This treatment model directly involves the parent/caregivers to effect change. Parents work with the therapist and child in session to learn the skills needed to build attachment and help the child move forward in therapy. It is active, interpersonal and fun—not “talk therapy”. Theraplay is a hands on experience for children and their families. Parents and family members will be asked to participate in play activities in session with the therapist and child. This teaches parents how to interact with their children to build attachment and help the child heal. Progress can be made quickly. Theraplay includes a special type of interactive assessment, which allows the therapist to visualize the typical interactions between parent and child to pin point areas of need. By focusing on these areas of need the child and family can expect to see improvement in just a few sessions!