3 R’s Regulate, Relate and Reason

The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love’   

Dr Bruce Perry

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The three R’s – Reaching the traumatised brain.

Dr Bruce Perry a pioneering neuroscientist in the field of trauma has shown us to help a vulnerable child to learn, think and reflect, we need to intervene in a simple sequence. At Luna Play Therapy we follow this neuro sequential model, often referred to as the 3 R’s.

Regulate(Brainstem and mid brain, the sensory brain) we must help the child to regulate and calm their fight, flight or freeze. Offer soothing comfort and reassurnace.

Service offered by Luna Play Therapy – Sensory Attachment Intervention 

Relate(Limbic brain – the emotional regulation brain) We must relate and connect with the child through an attuned and sensitive relationship by empathizing and validating the child’s feelings so they are seen, heard and understood.

Service offered by Luna Play Therapy, – Play Therapy, Theraplay

Reason – ( Cortical brain – the great human thinking brain) We can support the child to reflect, learn, remember, articulate and become self assured

Service offered by Luna Play Therapy – Therapeutic life story work, Focused Therapeutic Play, DDP

‘Heading straight to the reasoning part of the brain CANNOT work if a child is dysregulated and disconnected from others.’

Dr Bruce Perry  


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