Filial Family Therapy is the chance to involve one of the most important people and teachers into the child’s inner world ….. you.
The term “filial therapy” comes from the Latin words meaning “son” or “daughter” and essentially refers to the parent-child relationship. Over the past 40 years, there has been a great deal of research and clinical experience with Filial Therapy, with studies showing that it consistently helps reduce children’s problem behaviors, helps parents feel less stressed and more confident, and improves the understanding parents have for their children.
Filial Therapy is a psycho educational intervention that is designed to strengthen families through the use of play. It is a combination of family therapy and play therapy to improve parent – child relationships. Parents are trained and supervised to conduct a special type of play that is non-directive in nature.
We find this approach is more efficient and it directly improves and strengthens the parent-child relationship.
That’s why we love teaching it! As parents learn the skills, they can eventually hold these 30 minute play sessions at home. The therapist will provide supervision and coaching to parents in follow up sessions when they have commenced their 30 minute weekly special play time sessions at home.
The Filial Family Therapy program is suitable for families with children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old who have problems with their own feelings and/ or difficulty in relationship with others. Typically, children love having “special play time” with their parents. Parents also find that the time spent together in play is so valuable and special that they are happy to do this. As long as the essentials are taught to parents/caregivers and they follow through, the program can be adapted in various ways to meet the circumstances of the family.
We have found this amazing program to be successful with many child and family problems, such as: oppositional behaviours, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, abuse/neglect, single or step-parenting, traumatic events, attachment/adoption/ foster care, relationship problems, divorce, family substance abuse, family reunification, attentional problems, toileting difficulties, chronic illness, and others.
The program can be delivered face to face or through telehealth (online platforms).