Play Therapy

We’ve got fantastic additional services to our team in the form of a Play Therapist as well as a Mental Health Social Worker. Read on to find out more.

Play Therapy

Play is another way to access the psychological world of your child and is the foundation to children’s health, wellbeing and development.

Tanya is a Clinical Play Therapist with a Masters in Child Play Therapy and an Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies. She brings over 25 years’ experience in the field of early childhood to her practice, as a Kindergarten teacher, supporting parents in their parenting skills and working in partnership with families in the development of NDIS plans as an Early Childhood Early Intervention Practitioner. Tanya also brings her own experience as a parent of young children to her work.

Tanya’s approach is underpinned by theories of child development, trauma and attachment theory. She uses playful therapeutic experiences to build a relationship based on trust, acceptance and curiosity. She is passionate about using the power of play as a vehicle of change, to ensure every child can reach their full potential.

Tanya values working collaboratively with families and other systems that surround the child, empowering adults within the child’s life, by supporting them to better understand their child’s needs and foster greater connection.  

With a background in early years education, Tanya has experience in working with children presenting with developmental and complex trauma, attachment disruption, anxiety, bereavement, family life disruption/adjustments and family dynamics together with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD and learning disabilities. These are all areas that play therapy can support children and families with.

Passionate about upholding the rights of children, Tanya strives to create a safe therapeutic space where children are able to process, heal, and develop at their own pace and in their own way.

Tanya is a Registered Play Therapist with Australasian Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA) and is trained in Humanistic Play therapy, Learn to Play therapy and Filial Family therapy.

Mental Health Social Worker

Nola is an accredited Child and Family Counsellor and Play Therapist with over 20 years’ experience of therapeutic intervention for children, families and adults across the life span.

Nola has worked with children and families in both welfare and community-based settings and believes in working holistically with clients to establish their goals and develop the therapeutic intervention accordingly. Nola’s offers clinical assessment and therapy for a range of issues including grief and loss, family relationships including separation and divorce and challenges to mental health such as depression, anxiety and trauma. 

Nola is passionate about supporting children and their families to identify their strengths and resources that build resilience and strengthen relationships. Nola draws from a range of systemic, solution focussed and cognitive therapeutic modalities, in addition to offering Child Centred Play Therapy and “The Resilience Doughnut” therapeutic model.