Filial Therapy

Parents are the most important people and teachers to their own children. Filial Therapy is a well established and structured method of therapy that seeks to enhance and strengthen parent and child relationships. It can be a more direct and faster way of addressing family problems.

“It is based on the principles of Child Centered Play Therapy. It changes children. It changes parents. It changes the whole family.” Garry Landreth

We know play is the primary way children express themselves and work through issues. Parents are trained and supervised by a trained professional in the principles of child centered play therapy and the importance of empathy and acceptance through the use of play – which is critically important to the development of responsive and sensitive parenting, improved parent – child interactions and a positive attachment relationship. Parents will then use their basic play therapy skills with their own children at home as part of ’30 minute weekly special play time sessions’.

Filial Therapy is effective in helping children to:

  • manage their feelings in appropriate ways
  • manage impulses
  • develop positive self esteem
  • be good decision makers
  • be self reliant and self motivate
  • be self aware – ’emotional intelligence’
  • feel safe and decrease anxiety
  • develop open communication with you throughout childhood and adolescence

(referenced from Angela North, Filial Therapy Manual for Parents and caregivers)

Parents/caregivers are trained in:

  • the principles of child-centered play therapy (reflective listening, therapeutic limit setting, choice giving, and how to allow the child to lead the session), and
  • the importance of empathy and acceptance through the use of play – this is critically important to the development of responsive and sensitive parenting, improved parent-child interactions, and a positive attachment relationship.

We help parents/caregivers to understand their child’s world and experiences through play. This is where children reveal their underlying issues and motivations, process their pain and develop solutions and understanding of their feelings. Parents also learn that their undivided attention to their child is a key component to understanding their child and strengthening their relationship.

The emphasis of the training is to show parents how to be aware of, and sensitive to, children’s emotional needs and how to respond to those needs therapeutically. The number of training sessions delivered is dependent on the parents and their child’s needs determined during the assessment phase which incorporates an initial parent consultation and a parent child play observation.

For more information about Filial therapy training, please contact Helen.

Medicare rebates may apply.