Reparative Parenting

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Reparative parenting aims to support the relationship between parents/caregivers and children/young people to heal past trauma and reduce anxiety around parenting.

Children who have experienced developmental trauma often present with a range of complex behaviours that impact greatly on attachment.  They can also present with a range of physical and mental health presentations that add to the complexity of treatment.


Core reparative principles aim to assist parents and carers to:​

  • Provide predictability through safe routines and predictable environments.

  • Respond to children and young person's behaviours, using neutral body language and a calm tone of voice.

  • Help children and young persons attune to their environment.

  • Give children and young person's language around their feelings and emotions.

  • Validate feelings and emotions.

  • Help create meaningful memories using creative measures such as art and/or story-telling.

  • Help create relationships that are safe, predictable and meaningful.

  • Use play to promote self-regulation and the creation of positive memories.

  • Build rapport between the child/young person and their caregivers.

  • Assist self-regulation by the introduction of positive coping strategies.

  • Respond to behaviour in a kind and understanding way.

Evolving Minds Counselling have worked in out-of-home care in both government and private agencies supporting carers, parents and case workers.   We also extensive experience in child protection and understand the challenges associated children in care.

If you would like to know more or wish to book an appointment with one of our child psychologist, adult psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist at Evolving Minds Counselling, you can do so by calling (02) 8519 4197 or by clicking on the button below to access our online booking form.  We are also NDIS Providers.