Camp Theraplay

This summer give your child lifelong resilience by registering them for Camp Theraplay. This week-long day camp will build your child’s social skills and expand their capacity for emotional regulation. Registration opens January 2024.

July 22-26, 2024
Ages 5-10
Lakeview, Chicago, IL
$495 – $520

1:1 Ratio

Each camper will receive personal care from an assigned leader for the entire week.

Group Theraplay

Campers will get to experience our evidence based play therapy modality.

Specialized Staff

Our staff includes Certified Practitioners and Theraplay-informed professionals.

Building Lifelong Resilience

Group Theraplay curriculum throughout the week ensures your child will:

  • Practice cooperation between peers
  • Learn and practice self-control
  • Enhance trust of others

Camp Leaders

All of our staff are either Certified Theraplay Practitioners or Theraplay-informed.
Get to know our Camp Leaders.

Kirsten Rieck, Camp Theraplay Director

Kirsten (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Theraplay Practitioner. She earned her Master of Social Work with a mental health concentration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While there, she also earned a certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health with children and adolescents.

Zaya Gillogly, Camp Theraplay Assistant Director

Zaya (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. She is a Theraplay Supervisor-in-Training, Theraplay Trainer-in-Trainer, and is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist.


Included in the cost of the camp is breakfast, lunch, and snacks (allergy and dietary restriction information will be requested), a Camp Theraplay t-shirt, and a week of positive and fun memories. If you are looking to register two or more of your children, we offer a sibling discount. You pay $495 per child and save $25 per child. Email Kirsten for scholarship opportunities.


Camp ends at 3:00 pm daily but aftercare is available until 5:00 pm. During aftercare, campers play and watch movies. Aftercare can be purchased for the entire week or for individual days.

Camp Schedule

Each day includes Group Theraplay activities, opportunities for movement and creative expression, and calming breaks designed to help your child downregulate.

About Theraplay

Theraplay is a dyadic child and family therapy that has been recognized by the Association of Play Therapy as one of seven seminal psychotherapies for children. Developed over 50 years ago, and practiced around the world, Theraplay was developed for any professional working to support healthy child/caregiver attachment.


Camp Theraplay will take place at The Theraplay Clinic in Lakeview Chicago, IL.

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Ways to Get Involved

Thank you to all our sponsors who made Camp Theraplay 2023 possible! There are various ways to get involved. Become a sponsor for Camp Theraplay 2024, help set up and break down camp, or become a part of camp staff and work directly with the campers. If you are interested in these opportunities email Kirsten Rieck at [email protected].

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