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Why Play Therapy?

After 20 years in Education, I set out on my journey to support children in their natural form. Play is such a powerful experience and to watch children in the play room un-pack their world is amazing. I have always had a natural knack for helping children with additional needs and being able to support them one on one is rewarding. 

Favourite childhood toy?

As a little girl, I remember setting up my Barbie dolls in the back of the car while my parents worked in the vineyard. Pretend play at its best. I also loved being outside.

 

A little bit about me

I live in the Barossa with my husband and two boys 16 and 13. 

Our youngest son has ASD and ADHD and was a huge driver in setting up my business. He designed the story of my logo.

I enjoy spending time at our shack on the Yorke Peninsula, going fishing or relaxing at the beach.

Jodie

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Why Play Therapy?

I've worked in Special Education for the 14 years, teaching grades R-12. My passion is supporting children with special needs and their families. Throughout my teaching career, I've observed significant gaps in children’s ability to emotionally regulate and understand their trauma. Studying Child-Centred Play Therapy seemed like a worthwhile extension of my experience working with children with additional needs.

 

Favourite childhood toy?

As a child, I loved playing with the dollhouse. I find myself drawn to this in play therapy as it’s an open-ended toy offering various options for imaginative role play scenarios. It fosters creative and therapeutic play and allows the child to express events and feelings in a safe and comfortable way.

 

A little bit about me

I live in the Barossa Valley with my partner and our children.

I love being outside, exercising, spending time with friends and family, listening to music and podcasts.

Michelle

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Why Play Therapy?

Play Therapy seemed like a natural progression after teaching for 23 years. I enjoy working with children and being able to work one on one, to help them process their inner world. Supporting children to express themselves through play is a rewarding opportunity that I am grateful to do.

 

Favourite childhood toy?

I had many toys but I always remember playing with my dolls, giving them different names and dressing them in clothes that my Grandma made.

 

A little bit about me

I've worked in the Early Childhood sector for 23 years. I live with my husband and three boys aged, 17, 14 and 9. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading and watching my boys play sport. I also enjoy travelling as a family and camping by the beach!

Narelle

Why Play Therapy?

As a social worker, I've always had a passion for working with families and especially children. Play therapy and art therapy were a natural fit for my creative personality and child-focused approach to therapy. It warms my heart to see children grow and heal using their most natural form of communication – PLAY.

 

Favourite childhood toy?

As a child I loved to create with anything I could find. Paints, playdoh, textas and pencils. Even discarded boxes and a roll of masking tape would keep me entertained for hours!

 

A little bit about me

I'm a registered Play Therapist and qualified Social Worker. I've worked with children and adolescents in mental health, disability and the Department for Child Protection.

 

In my spare time, I love to potter in my veggie garden, going on adventures with my family to the river or beach in our caravan, and water skiing as much as possible in the summer months.

Kelly

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