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Mrs Helen Barrett

Mrs Helen Barrett

Mobile 0426 826 627
Social Worker AMHSW, Counsellor

Helen Barrett Children Counselling & Play Therapy

Mobile 0426 826 627

I have over 16 years clinical experience working with children and families across mental health, family violence, disability and early intervention services. Play Therapy is a well established, gentle therapeutic approach that assists children to express their inner world and makes sense of their experiences. Through Play Therapy, children gain a greater capacity to develop emotional intelligence skills and maximise opportunities to learn and develop and achieve overall health and wellbeing.


  • Play Therapy Hub, 239A Murray Road, Preston, Melbourne VIC 3072 0426 826 627 PHONE 0426 826 627


  • Counselling, Assessment 
  • Counselling and Play Therapy practice based in the inner north of Melbourne. Centre based sessions providing child centered play therapy for children aged 2yrs - 10yrs to work through emotional, social, developmental and/or behavioural issues and develop healthy coping skills to thrive in life.

    Parent education, support and skill development guidance to parents/caregivers throughout their child's therapeutic journey to foster understanding, closeness and connection.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adoption / Foster Care, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Family / Parenting, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Trauma Recovery, Violence  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Play Therapy

    Whilst my preferred therapeutic modality is child centered play therapy, my work is heavily influenced by person & child centered practices, gestalt principles, attachment theory, child development theory, family systems therapy, psycho educative parenting skill training, and interpersonal neurobiology (neuro science).


    • Advanced Clinical Training in Play Therapy - 2016 - Play Therapy Australia
    • Advanced Diploma Children's Holistic Counselling - 2015 - Holistic Living Training Institute
    • Diploma Holistic Living Counselling - 2007 - Holistic Living Training Institute
    • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) - 2002 - RMIT University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers

    Quality Provision

    - Weekly individual Child Centered Play Therapy
    - Monthly parent support/feedback sessions
    - 4 to 10 week Filial Therapy / Child Parent Relationship Therapy (psycho education / training model) for Parents/Caregivers


    I have held both clinical and management roles in family violence, mental health, disability, early childhood and family services. Since being introduced and fully trained in the philosophy, principles and practices of CCPT, I've noticed dramatic positive changes in my personal life and work with children. CCPT is a way of being with children as opposed to applying a set of techniques. The focus is on the therapeutic relationship that is the agent of change and the focus is on the child not the problem.


    Appointments available

    Transport and Parking

    Street Parking


    Negotiable. Please refer to website.
    As a medicare provider, rebates may apply.

    Payment Options

    Cash, EFT, Bank Transfer

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    Mrs Helen Barrett

    Helen Barrett

    Social Worker AMHSW, Counsellor

    I am an accredited mental health social worker and registered play therapist specialising in helping young children aged 2-10 years resolve emotional, social, developmental & behavioural issues. With a special interest in young children with trauma exposures, anxiety, grief and attachment issues, I also work closely with the whole family to strengthen parent-child relationships and improve overall family functioning by offering filial family therapy. Medicare and NDIS provider....

    • Preston
    • CBT, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Play Therapy