Helen Barrett is clinical social worker, play therapist and founder of Play Therapy Hub with over 16 years experience in providing psychological and therapeutic services to children and families. Helen is a highly qualified and skilled therapist with expertise in treating a range of child mental health (anxiety & emotional regulation), complex trauma (simple and relational) and attachment concerns. She is passionate about childhood trauma recovery and building emotional resilience and attachment security in young children.
Helen is registered as a clinical play therapist with the Australian Play Therapists Association. As an accredited mental health social worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers, Helen is a medicare provider.
In private practice, Helen provides child assessment, therapy, parenting education and skills training and supervision.
Helen is also a certified Filial Family Therapist and group facilitator of Tuning Into Kids and Circle of Security Parenting programs that focus on parenting strategies that nurture children’s attachment to their parents and build security.
Helen incorporates learnings from attachment and trauma research, child development theory and neuroscience to better understand and work with children’s emotional, psychological and behavioural problems. Much of her work is also with the parent/caregiver in promoting ‘good enough’ parenting that is sensitive and responsive to the child’s needs.
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.