Meet Kate

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Hi, I’m Kate!

BSW, AASW, APTA – Director – Social Worker and Play Therapist, Interplay Practitioner (Registered Supervisor, RPT-S).

I am a qualified Social Worker; Play Therapist, Interplay Practitioner and a mother of two. I am so excited to be able to provide a space that can promote healing, repair and connection for our little ones and families, in a way that I am so passionate about.   

My practice is very much informed by attachment and the significance of the parent child relationship, interpersonal neurobiology and its impact on regulation and emotional safety, and the unique strengths that every family has in its own system. I strive to come from a place of genuine acceptance when I work with families, and I have always believed in the need to be authentic and transparent, particularly when supporting them through some of their most challenging times.

Since completing my Post-graduate Social Work qualifications in 2010 (BSW), my work has strongly focused on supporting families with young children, across various services and settings. I have worked within the Child Protection system as well as the primary education setting in recent years. The more significant areas of my practice included supporting families around complex mental health issues, behavioural challenges, neurological and biological disorders, trauma informed practice and Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT)

Kate is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

Meet Bonnie

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Hi, I’m Bonnie!

Bachelor of Psychology- Interplay Practitioner/Humanistic Play Therapist.

Hello, I am Bonnie and I am a registered interplay facilitator/therapist. I am also currently completing my thesis in clinical psychology which looks at the parent-child relationship and the benefits of using active play for dysregulation.

After spending eight years studying part time and raising my three children I decided to put my theory into practice. I began working in various mental health settings, and found I was increasingly drawn to the disability sector. I have been fortunate enough to combine my passion in psychology and working with children, by working with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing across an array of care settings, including secure welfare services. In doing so I’ve expanded my knowledge and experience in trauma-informed care, working with children with complex needs, of all ages in the system. A common theme in these settings however is the absence of positive parent-child relationships that promote healing, and I believe this justifies a move towards a modality of therapy that views the whole family unit as a key stakeholder in a child’s intervention and recovery journey. For this reason interplay therapy makes sense to me as it promotes healing through connection and attachment, and ensures the changes that happen in therapy translate into the home environment. I am so excited to be able to work children individually and with dyads.

Bonnie is available Monday and Wednesday 

Meet Courtney

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Hi, I’m Courtney!

Masters of Play Therapy (MCPT)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (EarlChildEd)

Registered Play Therapist with APPTA (Australasian Pacific Play Therapy Association)

Courtney is a registered early childhood and primary school teacher, with eighteen years’ experience working with children from birth to twelve years old. Courtney holds a Master of Child Play Therapy from Deakin University, where she trained in Learn to Play and as a Child Centred Play Therapist & Filial Therapist. This complements her Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education and Diploma of Children’s Services.

Courtney brings a wealth of experience to The Play Therapy Studio, having worked in a range of educational settings across Australia and the UK, encompassing managing an early intervention therapy clinic, teaching in long day care (birth to 5 years), sessional kindergarten, primary school, outside of school hour’s care and tertiary institutions teaching early childhood studies to adult learners. She has experience working with children in early intervention and inclusion support and has worked with a range of developmental needs.

Courtney acknowledges that play is children’s natural form of communication and recognises that developing and maintaining children’s social, emotional, physical and mental health and wellbeing is an ongoing process that can be supported by a trained play therapist. Courtney enjoys working with children and families and is passionate about supporting children’s healing journey so that they can grow to be well-adjusted, healthier and happier adults. Research shows that intervention during early childhood, positively supports children and lays the foundation for future development and improved outcomes.

Her Master of Child play therapy has enhanced her current teaching and early intervention therapy experience, with her vision for all children and families who have experienced adverse or trauma related experiences and/or other mental health concerns, to be able to access the support, respect and compassion they deserve through play therapy, with the intention to achieve improved health outcomes, support children’s healthy development, build resilience, enhance connection and relationships in order to achieve better outcomes in life.

Courtney has a warm and caring approach, is committed to working therapeutically with children, families and the wider community and is dedicated to making a positive difference for her clients. 

Courtney is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays

 

Meet Ashleigh

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Hi, I’m Ashleigh!

Master of Social Science (Counselling & Human Services), Bachelor of Applied Science

(Psychology), Certified Humanistic Play Therapist and Interplay Practitioner

Registered Counsellor with ACA

I’m a Certified Play Therapist & Interplay Practitioner. Alongside play therapy, I’m currently working as a Child and Family Trauma Consultant, supporting teachers/educators in trauma-informed practice and relationship-based approaches in the early years setting.

Over the last 12 years, my work has largely focused on supporting families and children, across many community settings, predominately assisting families in the child welfare setting, to navigate parenting challenges, create a sense of safety, strengthen family relationships, and provide opportunities for healing and growth.

Outside of the playroom, I’m a mother of two boys, and a lover of making mud pies, building fortes, and lounge room dance parties. Being in nature, moving my body, and dancing, are some of the things that fill up my cup. Feeling things deeply & listening to my inner voice, are two of my superpowers.

Through interplay, I aim to create a safe space to give a parent and child the opportunity to feel safe and connected together, in their relationship. I’m passionate about creating authentic relationships with children and families, to support them to reconnect and meet their needs through the therapeutic journey. I strive to help parents/caregivers feel more confident, connected, and empowered in their relationships with their child, and on their parenting journey.

Through play, children can make sense of their inner world, to process and integrate these experiences. I’m passionate about empowering children through their natural language of play and strongly believe all children have the right to feel safe, seen, heard, and understood.

My primary aim is to foster a sense of safety, security, connection, healing, and growth by drawing on the interconnected theories of attachment, trauma informed & relationship-based approaches, and their impact on child development and neurobiology.

I look forward to meeting you in the playroom, at The Play Therapy Studio.

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