Play Heals

Filial Therapy

Filial therapy (FT) was originally developed by Doctors Bernard and Louise Guerney during the early 1960's. It was designed as an intervention for families with children aged 3 to 12 who were experiencing adjustment problems. It has received recognition by the clinical and research communities as an effective approach to strengthen parent- child relationships and family connection through play ( It is also known as Child Relationship Enhancement Family Therapy).

Filial therapy has proven to be very effective when working with foster and adoptive parents, giving the families the skills and tools necessary to successfully relate to their children and encourage the development of strong families.


Filial therapy is a special kind of play therapy. It is a unique therapeutic method that involves parents and caregivers directly as the agents of therapeutic change.  It benefits the whole family.