Synergetic Play Therapy Certification (Completion May, 2020)
Associate member of the Australian Play Therapists Association
Registered member of the Australian Counselling Association
Registered Supervisor ACA
Member of the Association For Play Therapy U.S.
Christine has a special interest in working with children who have experienced family violence. She also strives to weave the findings from Interpersonal Neurobiology and Polyvagal theory into her practice.
Christine is grateful for all the children and families she has had the opportunity to work with and thanks them for extending to her the privilege of being part of their journey. Christine likes to work with all children to support them to integrate their challenges and move towards reaching their full potentiality and healing
Supervisor / Senior Clinician
Elisha is a Specialist Counsellor and fully accredited Play Therapist who has completed a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Child Play and an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy. She is currently completing training in Synergetic Play Therapy.
Elisha has an interest in neurodevelopment, neurodiversity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourettes Syndrome and ADHD. She is passionate about creating positive change in creative ways in addition to play therapy, such as art therapy, lego therapy, and animal assisted therapy.
Supervisor / Clinician /
Animal Assisted Therapist
Antonina is a Specialist Counsellor and a fully accredited Play Therapist. Antonina is in the process of completing her Masters of Play Therapy degree (All but Thesis ) and will complete this is 2020.
Antonina's particular interest is in supporting parents in their involvement in therapy and in the intergenerational future of Filial therapy in helping parents to become therapeutic agents to their children. This year she is working on a thesis researching Filial Therapy integration with Mindfulness practice to investigate the role and benefit of co-regulation in Child-Parent relationships.
Chermaine is a Specialist Counsellor and a fully accredited Play Therapist who has completed a Masters of Counselling and specialised training in Child Centered Play Therapy.
Chermaine has an interest in neurodevelopment, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and trauma. She is passionate in helping children to go through their learning journey, reconstruct their world and regain inner resilience through Child Centred Play Therapy, Sand Tray Play and Filial Therapy with parents.
Ash is a Provisional Psychologist who has completed a Masters of Professional Psychology and is currently completing a Certificate of Child Centered Play Therapy. She is also in the process of fulfilling the hours required to become a registered psychologist.
Ash has experience working with children with anxiety, autism, challenging behaviours, and emotional dysregulation. She is passionate about helping children use their inner strength to find new ways to heal and connect, by promoting positive self-esteem and resilience, improved ways of communicating, and providing them with healthier coping strategies.
Tess is a Specialist Counsellor who is currently completing a Mental Health Certificate 4 and a Certificate in Child Centered Play Therapy.
Tess enjoys working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She delights in connecting with them and discovering their unique personalities. She likes to explore beneath this label and learn what is distressing the child.
Coral is Play Therapy Melbourne's wonderfully talented Office Administrator. She comes to us with over 30 years experience as an Office and Practice Manager. She is the backbone of Play Therapy Melbourne, ensuring that every day runs smoothly.
Hazel and her handler Elisha Whyley certified as a therapy team in January 2018, after extensive training and testing.
Hazel loves to help children lower their stress levels, reduce their angry feelings, improve their self-esteem and make them feel much happier. She especially loves performing tricks for kids and can do lots of clever things for treats.
Synergetic Play Therapy Certification (Completion May, 2020).
Member of the Australian Psychological Society
Registered Psychologist with AHPRA
Suzanne is interested in parent/child attachment, selective mutism, gender variance and complex trauma. She is also enthusiastic about integrating the latest findings from Neuroscience and using Emotion Focused Therapy with adolescents.
Suzanne is continually inspired by the profound healing powers of play therapy. She is awed by its ability to go beyond thought and what is consciously known by the child, right to the unconscious source of the problem. She is so appreciative of the trust families place in her to journey with their child on the path to healing.
Supervisor / Senior Clinician
Ashleigh is a Specialist Child Counsellor and fully accredited Play Therapist who has completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Child Play.
Ashleigh is particularly interested in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders.
Orla is a Specialist Counsellor and a fully accredited Play Therapist who has completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Play Therapy and a Certificate in Youth Arts.
Orla is interested in visual arts and symbolic and imaginary play, as a means to discover children's rich inner world and help them develop a healthy sense of self. Orla's focus is on helping children and their families recover joy and confidence.
Mandy is a Social Worker and and Animal Assisted Therapist. She is currently completing a Certificate in Child Centered Play Therapy.
Mandy has a passion for early intervention, empowerment, strengths based practices, narrative therapy, play therapy and the use of Animal Assisted Therapy using her own dog, Rubi.
Clinician / Animal Assisted Therapist
Renee is a Social Worker who has completed a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently completing a Certificate of Child Centered Play Therapy.
Renee has an interest in working with children who have experienced trauma, chronic illness, anxiety, and children who come from refugee backgrounds.
Yenee is an associate play therapist who has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and is currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy.
Yenee strongly believes in the power of play and has a particular interest in using therapeutic stories and metaphors in helping children heal themselves.
Helen Jean is our Director of Community and Interactive Media Manager. Helen Jean is a welcome addition to the Play Therapy Melbourne Team and comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge after spending many years living and traveling abroad working as a freelance writer.
Director of Community and Interactive Media Manager
Rubi and her handler Mandy Easton were trained in Animal Assisted Therapy in 2012. Rubi has a natural ability to help children and young people through daily struggles, stress, anxiety, depression and anger. Through creative ways Rubi loves to bring about self awareness, reflection, play, mindfulness, empathy and love in children and young peoples lives.