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Working Together to Strengthen Families

Play is the universal language of the child.

Play Therapy Hub houses a co-operative of independent, qualified and experienced Play Therapists in Melbourne’s inner north. Our play therapists are dedicated to the highly specialised and evidence-based, child-centred play therapy.

We strive to bring harmony to families by helping little people work through trauma, troubles and childhood road-bumps. From toddlers to tweens, our mission is to provide all children (and parents/caregivers) the tools. These tools are necessary for positive emotional development, healing, wellbeing, and resilience building using the therapeutic power of Play.

Play Therapy for Children

For children, emotions are difficult to express.

Kids don’t even have words for most of their feelings yet. Play therapy uses the natural childhood language of play to help little people communicate and work through inner troubles.

With the insight and support of a trained and qualified play therapist, children are able to

  • Access their troubling feelings, express them, and work through them
  • Heal and recover from trauma
  • Conquer behavioural challenges and improving cognitive development
  • Encourage empathy
  • Deepen connections and enhance communication
  • Foster healthy coping mechanisms transferable to adulthood.

Play therapy lays the foundation of emotional growth for little people to flourish.

Our Services

Similar to the needs of children, to do good work in therapy requires consistency, empathy, safety, shared knowledge, and support.

We have that at Play Therapy Hub. And as a result, you and your family will have it too.

We believe we’re better together.

Now offering Telehealth (online) services.

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Filial Family Play therapy for children and families

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Parenting Corner

Do you want to know a bit more?

Get in touch with us to book an initial consultation or request more information. Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.

Play Therapy Story

Founder and Director of Play Therapy Hub – Helen Barrett

My experience in psychological and therapeutic services for children, adults and families spans nearly two decades. Beginning my career as a social worker and counsellor, I then trained in child-centered play therapy. It quickly became my primary way of working effectively with children who were struggling emotionally and socially within themselves and in their attachment relationships. It literally transformed the way I parented and worked as a Child and Family Therapist.  

What I love about child-centered play therapy is that it’s a therapeutic modality which provides a safe space for the child to explore and feel all of their emotions. We then help them put words to their experiences and become the child’s external regulator, helping the child to feel safe and enter a more regulated state, while supporting the developing brain to build the necessary emotional intelligence skills to cope with future problems and manage their world. 

Whether it’s in trauma recovery, building emotional resilience, dealing with attachment issues, or with milder anxiety or social difficulties, I’ve yet to see a counselling approach more responsive, respectful and transformational in building foundational skills in emotional and social intelligence than play therapy for children. 

I’m thrilled to have founded Play Therapy Hub, a community of private practices  who honour and promote the therapeutic powers of play therapy. Our goal is to help our little people flourish and strengthen families by growing their capacity to be more mindful or conscious in their parenting. 

We are excited to offer a range of evidenced and play-based therapies to children and families that also include parent education, parent coaching and support,  facilitated groups, workshops and training for early years educators and teachers. 

Helen Barrett Clinical Play Therapist Play Therapy for Children

Play Therapy Story

Founder and Director of Play Therapy Hub – Helen Barrett

My experience in psychological and therapeutic services for children, adults and families spans nearly two decades. Beginning my career as a social worker and counsellor, I then trained in child-centered play therapy. It quickly became my primary way of working effectively with children who were struggling emotionally and socially within themselves and in their attachment relationships. It literally transformed the way I parented and worked as a Child and Family Therapist.  

What I love about child-centered play therapy is that it’s a therapeutic modality which provides a safe space for the child to explore and feel all of their emotions. We then help them put words to their experiences and become the child’s external regulator, helping the child to feel safe and enter a more regulated state, while supporting the developing brain to build the necessary emotional intelligence skills to cope with future problems and manage their world. 

Whether it’s in trauma recovery, building emotional resilience, dealing with attachment issues, or with milder anxiety or social difficulties, I’ve yet to see a counselling approach more responsive, respectful and transformational in building foundational skills in emotional and social intelligence than play therapy for children. 

I’m thrilled to have founded Play Therapy Hub, a community of private practices  who honour and promote the therapeutic powers of play therapy. Our goal is to help our little people flourish and strengthen families by growing their capacity to be more mindful or conscious in their parenting. 

We are excited to offer a range of evidenced and play-based therapies to children and families that also include parent education, parent coaching and support,  facilitated groups, workshops and training for early years educators and teachers. 

Helen Barrett Clinical Play Therapist Play Therapy for Children

Testimonials

Here’s what our clients had to say about their kids and our play therapy for children services:

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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)
Theraplay

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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