Friday, July 17, 2009

Filial Therapy

One of my favorite ways to support families is through filial therapy. What is filial therapy?

Filial Therapy is a research-based, approach that teaches parents how to use some of the same skills that play therapists use to help children. Research shows that motivated parents can be as effective as a professional in helping their child.

Typically, Filial Therapy is most beneficial for children ages 3 - 12. However, many children as young as 2 years of age and up to 13 can benefit from Filial Therapy. A modified form of filial therapy can be used with infants and toddlers. Filial Therapy is beneficial for both the parent and the child.

The following concerns can be addressed with filial therapy:

  • Preparing for or after the arrival of a new sibling
  • Reconnecting with a parent experiencing postpartum depression/anxiety
  • Attachment related difficulties in biological/foster/adoptive families
  • Depression, sadness, moodiness
  • Grief & loss
  • Moving
  • Divorce
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Excessively worries, anxiety, or separation issues
  • Traumatic stress from events such as accidents, witnessing violence, abuse or a natural disaster
  • Self-esteem or identity problems
  • Nightmares/night terrors
  • Needing to be center of attention
  • School related difficulties
  • Social issues

Goals and Benefits of Filial Therapy:

  • Strengthened relationship with your child
  • Develop a deeper understanding of your child
  • Your child learns and understand their feelings
  • You and your child learn to express feelings and communicate in healthy ways
  • You and your child develop new problem solving skills
  • Reduce or eliminate challenging behaviors
  • Your child will feel heard and understood
  • Your child can work through troubling issues
  • Increased trust between you and your child
  • Increased self-confidence and self-worth for your child
  • It can increase your confidence in parenting
  • Increase or repair your family's ability to have fun together
  • Provide tools the family can use in the future

Filial therapy involves a commitment on your part, please read through the information on the filial therapy page.

For more information about filial therapy or to schedule an initial appointment, please contact Mychelle Moritz, ATR-BC, LPC 971-344-7527 or

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