Helen is passionate about conscious parenting, childhood trauma recovery and building emotional resilience and attachment security in children. She has extensive experience treating a broad range of childhood issues as a result of a single trauma events or cumulative complex trauma, neurological concerns like developmental delays and ADHD or family life adjustments and transitions and bereavement. She has a special interest in working with children under 5’s with early developmental trauma, anxiety, or attachment disruption challenges including children who have been adopted or in permanent foster care. She provides a reflective and supportive space to help families through stressful periods and resource them to better understand brain development and behaviour so that they can become more sensitive and responsive (not reactive) to their children’s needs and behaviours. Leaving them to feel more in control and confident in their parenting.
Helen is the founder and director of Play Therapy Hub and the principal play therapist.
Helen Barrett is an accredited mental health social worker, registered play therapist, certified filial therapist and mother with over 17 years experience within community, local government and private practice. She is a trained certified group facilitator in Circle of Security Parenting and Tuning into Kids programs. She has additional training in attachment and infant mental health, neuro linguistic programming, filial therapy, synergetic play therapy, intercountry adoption issues, internal family systems, connected parenting (positive parenting), neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. Helen is a registered member of the Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) and an accredited mental health social worker with the AASW. She holds an active committee role within APTA.
You can also contact Helen for play therapy supervision and speaking and training opportunities. Helen is based at both the Preston and Yarraville clinics.
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Dip. Holistic Living Counselling
Adv Dip. Children’s Holistic Counselling
Graduate Certificate in Child Centered Play Therapy
Certification in Filial Therapy
APTA – Registered Clinical Play Therapist
AASW – Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Tuning Into Kids parenting program group facilitator
Circle of Security Parenting (COS – P) program group facilitator
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Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.
Here’s what our clients had to say about their children and our Play Therapy Melbourne:
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.
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)
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.
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)
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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