How can Filial Therapy help?

Filial therapy can help parents and children to form closer and happier relationships.

Children will be able to express their feelings and fears through the natural language of play, and over time may:

  • Become more confident and skilled in solving problems as well as asking for help when they need it
  • Reduce their problem behaviours
  • Feel more secure and trust their parents more
  • Have a more healthy self esteem and increase their self-confidence.
  • Understand their own feelings better
  • Become able to express their feelings more appropriately
  • Be more able to tell parents what they need, what is worrying them

As well as helping children, filial therapy can help parents to:

  • Understand their child’s worries and other feelings more fully
  • Learn new skills for encouraging co-operation from their children
  • Enjoy playing with their children and giving them positive attention
  • Increase their listening skills and develop open communication with their children
  • Develop self confidence as parents
  • Become more able to trust their children
  • Deal in new ways with frustrations in family life