Filial Therapy

What is Child Parent Relationship Therapy (Filial Therapy)?

Filial Therapy is the chance to involve one of the most important people into the child’s therapy sessions––you.

Child Parent Relationship Therapy training is when the intervention of a parent into their child’s therapy can add value to the outcome by giving the parent or guardian similar skills to a play therapist, training the parent to help with their child’s journey.

Research has shown that by involving motivated parents in the therapy journey of their child can prove almost as effective as the therapy sessions themselves. The Child Parent Relationship Therapy can help children to better manage feelings, build confidence and self-esteem, develop self-control and self-awareness.

Does child parent relationship therapy benefit the entire family?

Filial Therapy is also beneficial for parents, helping them to learn why their child is behaving in a certain way.

This allows greater warmth and sensitivity instead of misunderstanding it for “bad behaviour”. Resulting in a gentler approach to setting limits, which in turn are more effective.

Child Parent Relationship Therapy is a ten week one hour training program that teaches parents appropriate and valuable responses when their child is experiencing big emotions they can’t express.

In general, the child parent relationship therapy otherwise known as Filial Therapy strengthens the bond between families while assisting the child’s personal journey.

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Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.

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Here’s what our happy customers had to say about their kids and our therapy services:

We began play therapy hoping that it would be an effective way of breaking the difficult cycle that I was in with my son. Our play therapist, Mardi, has a beautiful manner with our son and we have valued her insightful observations about what may be underlying his behaviours.

Danielle (Mother)
Filial Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

The combination of the play therapy and implementing her simple strategies has been very effective in changing things at home. We have found play therapy to be very beneficial for our family and are now undertaking filial therapy to continue to reap the rewards of the play therapy approach.

Karen & Rob (Parents)
Play Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Natalie is fun, bright and bubbly. Through Play Therapy, she was easily able to connect with my child and we cannot believe how much he has transformed from being an anxious and unsure little boy, into the settled, confident and social child he is now.

Emma (Parent)

My child has a trauma background. He’s getting the Play therapy for about 9 months now. I can’t not thank Helen enough for her help and support . It’s been a very hard journey but the result is amazing. He has got great control on his emotions. He is a happy boy now 🙂

Mark & Linda (Parents)
Child Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Donna’s play therapy & animal assisted therapy work has been instrumental in supporting & developing an understanding of the underlying issues of our disengaged refugee students. Her expertise has also been welcomed by staff who needed insight in engaging & developing strategies to meet the needs of our highly challenging students.

Ivan Araujo (Dandenong West Primary Youth Worker)

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