Kaz Porch

Lead Clinician

BAppSc, (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, Certified Practitioner Therapeutic Play Skills, Post Grad Dip Play Therapy (PTI). AAPTA, PTPA, VIT.

 

Kaz is a qualified primary school teacher who has worked in education for the past ten years. She has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, through Play Therapy International.

 

Whilst working as a teacher, it became evident to Kaz, that providing an emotionally, developmentally and culturally appropriate child-centred intervention within the school environment was needed to support children as they navigate their unique worlds. Consequently, she trained as a Play Therapist and has been working in a primary education setting, implementing a child-centred play therapy program to nurture and enhance student’s mental health, social and emotional wellbeing.  This approach uses an expressive toolkit to allow communication through the natural language of play and the creative arts.

 

Kaz’s therapeutic approach is informed through the lens of Attachment Theory, child developmental theories and neuroscience. She believes it as an absolute privilege to be able to work with children and their families in this way, forming relationships that empower a child to process issues that are personally relevant. Kas has a keen interest in Attachment Theory and trauma, supporting children, parents and carers as well as teachers who may be involved in Out of Home Care.  Kaz has supported children of many ages and with varied presentations and diagnoses.  Kaz is committed to providing the highest level of evidence-informed support to the children and families she works with.