About Helen Barrett Childrens Counselling & Play Therapy

Helen Barrett Childrens Counselling and Play Therapy was established in 2015 to provide holistic assessment and child and family counselling through play therapy.

Our preferred counselling modality with children is Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) because of its focus on developing the child as a person, rather than focusing soley on their problems that must be fixed. This method emphasises the relationship between the child and the therapist as it provides a corrective experience needed for healing.

In 2016, we moved into our new premises in Preston and have two dedicated child and family clinic playrooms at Play Therapy Hub.

Our referrals come from a broad range of sources including

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Primary Schools
  • Family Services
  • Family Mediation
  • Child Protection
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Paediatricians/ General Practitioners
  • Allied Health Professionals

We can attend observational visits to learning/school environments and professional meetings when deemed necessary.

About Helen

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.

Helen’s Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
  • Dip. Holistic Living Counselling
  • Adv Dip. Childrens Holistic Counselling

Australian Play Therapy Association

  • Adv. Clinical Training in Play Therapy
  • Certifcation Filial Family Therapy
  • AASW-AMHSW and APTA-RPT

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

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