• Hany Cheng

What is Filial Therapy?

Updated: Jul 26, 2018

Monday, August 21, 2017-Hany Cheng



Filial therapy is a therapeutic approach to help children who have experienced emotional, behavioral, and social issues.


It is not a conventional approach where parents send their children for therapy and let the child and therapist work towards the treatment goal. In contrast, parents play an active role in filial therapy.



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Essentially, parents are the direct and main person who will receive 'therapy', in this case, therapy is referred to as psycho-education or training in the treatment process.


The filial therapist helps the parents to help themselves and their children. In filial therapy, parents are trained to be therapeutic agents by the therapist, and they have to engage in weekly 30 minutes non-directive play with the target child. Without the parents’ active and committed involvement, filial therapy cannot be successful.


Up next, we'll feature the 4 goals of filial therapy, so watch this space! 



Hany Cheng is a licensed mental health counselor. She is passionate in helping families to enhance their parent-child relationship through filial therapy. Currently, she is pursuing her PHD in researching the topic of applying filial therapy in Malaysia. She is also the co-founder of Havan Clothing - a social enterprise that empowers children's artwork through fashionable clothing.

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