Christine Harkin

Managing Director

MEd(IncSpec), MCouns (Hons), Post Graduate Clinical Play Therapy, CertSPT, RPT


Christine is the Managing Director and Founder of Play Therapy Melbourne and brings to her role over 20 years of experience working with Famiies and Children in Not for Profits, Educational Settings and NGOs across the Asia-Pacific Region. The foundations of Play Therapy Melbourne were informed by Christine’s experience working with children and observing the healing power of play in supporting children to integrate their challenging experiences and reach full potential. Christine believes strongly in the importance of a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled Allied Health Specialists who are able to thrive when supported by a dedicated and passionate Administration and Management. Christine believes it is through this shared commitment to Organisational values that the highest level of caring support can be provided to children and families.


Christine is passionate about her continued training and connection to the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute (TM) and strives to weave the findings from interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal theory into her practice.


Christine is proud of the Organisations and Professionals that support the work of Play Therapy Melbourne and grateful for all the children and families she has had the opportunity to work with and thanks them for extending to her the privilege and honour of being part of their journey and sharing their unique stories.


  • B.A.E.
  • Master of Counselling, Monash University (Honours)
  • Master of Education, Monash University (Special Ed)
  • Advanced Certification Clinical Play Therapy
  • Certified Synergetic Play Therapist (SPTI)
  • Registered Synergetic Play Therapy (TM) Supervisor
  • Member of the Association For Play Therapy U.S.
  • Member of ACA College Of Supervisors
  • Registered ACA Level 4