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Circus Arts Therapy ®

Circus Arts Therapy provides a safe and fun environment for individuals of all ages to address various types of emotional, physical and behavioral challenges.

Circus Arts Therapy is a unique play therapy tool focusing on circus activities. Our program provides a safe, cooperative environment where participants learn fun and unique circus skills and experience "Therapy in Action.” Our therapy programs are taught by a team of instructors, which includes Carrie Heller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) along with adult circus professionals.

Circus Arts Therapy helps clients age three and older by stimulating their imagination and creativity in a playful, social setting. The experience of working with circus equipment helps participants overcome the fear of everyday challenges. Circus Arts Therapy offers a unique play therapy experience that may be practiced independently or used to compliment other types of therapy.

View our Circus Arts Therapy brochure here.

This program will benefit children and pre-teens with the following needs:
  • Learning differences
  • Behavioral issues
  • Sensory and processing issues
  • ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, PDD
  • Emotional and physical challenges
  • Self-esteem issues
Therapeutic benefits gained through Circus Arts Therapy include the following:
  • Bilateral coordination skills
  • Muscle strength, including one’s core
  • Crossing the midline abilities
  • Brain and body balancing
  • Self esteem
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to overcome fears
  • Communication with peers
  • Balance, flexibility and coordination
  • Focus and attention
Circus Arts Therapy programs include the following activities:
  • Low trapeze
  • Spanish web (soft rope climbing with tricks)
  • Low ropes
  • Triple trapeze
  • Tight wire walking
  • Juggling scarves and balls
  • Hula hoping
  • Jump roping
  • Bouncy balls
  • Mini trampoline bouncing with medicine balls
  • Crash cushion jumping
  • Buddy walkers
  • Team walkers
  • Bubble blowing
  • Balance boards

For parents of children and pre-teen clients, an education component developed by Carrie Heller, LCSW, RPT, provides information on topics including exercise, nutrition, behavior modification (including the credit system), communication, conflict resolution, setting limits and more.

Family and couples sessions are available for those who would benefit from the experience of working together in a safe, supportive environment that fosters communication and bonding. Individual adult sessions are also available for clients with self-esteem issues, eating disorders, fear of heights, anxiety and more.

Group therapy for children and pre-teens 5-17 is available on a year-round basis or in a weekly summer camp setting.

A variety of circus arts classes are available in the Atlanta area. Circus Camp offers summer and weekend programs for kids, and Circus 4 Youth is another organization offering safe circus programming for children.


…Carrie’s ‘no-such-thing-as-can’t’ philosophy quickly overcame "G's" typical reluctance to try new experiences. He’s eager to see what he’ll get to do each week, and proud to demonstrate each new skill he learns. Based on our family’s experience, I firmly believe that Circus Arts is a worthwhile experience for any child with sensory challenges.” –A.A. ("G's mom)



We are proud to be the first Circus Arts Program in America to be recognized for our excellent standards.
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