This modality is similar to our child centered play therapy philosophy that is non-directive in nature. It combines humanistic principles with attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology (how the mind is shaped by relationship). In Interplay Therapy, parents /carers become central to the child’s therapeutic process. It is through the powers of Play that allows the child and their parent(s) to connect through the use of toys and materials, providing a safe therapeutic relationship and insight into attuned and miss-attuned moments whilst creating safety.
Within family play therapy, the therapist enters the child and parents world through play and takes note of the interaction/reaction and the child and parents’ response. By validating and responding to this experience offering therapeutic insight and support through coregulation, both child and parent/carer develop self insight, insight into each other, integration and regulation, strengthening the child and parent relationship. The therapist supports the child and parent/carer to explore and reorganise experiences that may have contributed to their wellbeing, enabling growth and healing to occur.
Interplay creates a special opportunity where children as well as their parent can begin to understand and reorganise past experiences and rewrite a new narrative all which supports the creation of new neural networks, repeated co-regulation and the overall strengthening of their relationship.
This family play therapy approach is beneficial for children and their parents across the life span but specifically
- Behavioural issues
- Learning disabilities
- Undergoing a medical treatment
- Eating disorders
- Palliative care
- Developmental delay
- Traumatic life experience (family issues, abuse, loss, neglect, or natural disasters)
- Mental health disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Your child play therapist will discuss with you in the initial parent consultation to determine which intervention will be most suitable to commence with based on current concerns and child / family history.