Helen Barrett is an accredited mental health social worker, registered play therapist and owner of Helen Barrett Children’s Counselling and Play Therapy clinic. Helen holds expertise in play therapy counselling, early childhood trauma, anxiety and attachment. Her special interest is in infant mental health and working with pre-school and early primary school age children.
Helen is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers and Australian Play Therapists Association. Helen has worked in a variety of settings over the past 15 years providing psychological and therapeutic services to children and families.
In private practice, Helen provides assessment, therapy, parenting advice and support/coaching.
She is an accredited provider of the Tuning Into Kids parenting program and a registered facilitator of the Circle of Security Parenting (COS – P) program to provide families with practical strategies that are sensitive and responsive to their child’s emotional needs. Helen also provides psychotherapy counselling to adopted children under the age of 10 for the Inter-country Adoption Support Program at Lifeworks Australia.
Helen’s preferred method of therapy with children is CCPT – a trauma informed and evidenced- based practice approach representing features of psychodynamic, neuroscience, humanistic, interpersonal, behavioural, developmental, cognitive and family systems theories.
Much of Helen’s work is with parents/caregivers in promoting responsive and sensitive parenting that builds connection and healthy positive attachment. Helen’s relational approach brings a level of integrity, knowledge and deep humility to her work with children and families as well as warmth, respect and playfulness.