Sofia Harris

Clinician

Sofia is a creative, motivated, and empathetic clinician with a passion to assist children to reach their full potential. She has experience working in both Private Practice and Community Organisations and has worked extensively with families suffering from trauma, attachment issues, abuse and neglect, and grief and loss, both here in Australia and the UK, spanning for more than 20 years.

 

Formal studies in Synergetic Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Arts for Change, Counselling, Infant Massage and Circle of Security, is supported by recent work as a Therapeutic Specialist for the Australian Childhood Foundation, where she provided trauma informed and culturally respectful clinical assessments and therapeutic interventions to support Aboriginal and multicultural children in early childhood programs and assist them in their transition to school. This position also included working in several Kindergartens in West Melbourne, providing trauma-informed training, role-modelling with children, consultation and reflective practice for educators, families, and care givers.

 

Sofia’s working approach models a Rogerian person-centred/child-centred approach, underpinned by attachment theories, relational theories, and child development, all informed through the ever-developing world of relational neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. These theoretical frameworks provide the foundation for her work.

 

Sofia believes that children bring their perceived world into the playroom, and that through play and creativity, the therapist can assist the child to integrate their experiences, repattern the nervous system and heal. Integral to this process is the dance of the relationship between client and therapist.

 

Sofia is passionate about children being seen in the context of their family system where, in order to develop resilience and change, the parents and care givers also need to be involved and supported, to promote growth and healing.

 

Sofia is currently studying Interplay with Play Therapy Australia and believes that the addition of this modality will help support the way she works to help strengthen families, assisting them towards greater healing and integration. “A person is a person because of other people.” Bonnie Badenoch (2020).

 

When Sofia is not working, she loves to spend time with her two Primary School aged children, bike rides, exploring the bush, practising yoga and Pilates and cooking.

 

Her goal at Play Therapy Melbourne is to continue to strengthen, support and enhance the lives of children and families by providing therapeutic child-centred play therapy, using trauma-informed responses that are paramount to healing.

 

Qualifications and professional development include:

  • Synergetic Play Therapy® Supplemental Course

 

SYNERGETIC PLAY THERAPY INSTITUTE, COLORADO, USA

  • PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP WITH ANZACATA
  • Kim Golding – Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Masterclass 2018

Interventions for Parenting Developmentally Traumatised Children with PACE.

 

3RD INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD TRAUMA CONFERENCE

  • Introduction to BUGK (Bringing Up Great Kids) in the Everyday
  • Engaging with LGBTQI+ Communities
  • Therapeutic Dolls – Neuroscience and Metaphor
  • Engaging with LGBTQI+ Communities

 

AUSTRALIAN CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

  • ACF Cultural Competency Training Programs
  • Challenges and Rewards of a culturally informed approach to mental health – Jessica Dere
  • Aboriginal Cultural Orientation Developed by WA Centre for Rural Health
  • Understanding Kinship Systems, Considerations for Practice
  • Impact of policies and procedures that govern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from Colonisation
  • Part Roles & responsibilities in child-rearing practise with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. Glenda Kickett & Verna Vos

 

AUSTRALIAN CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION

  • Infant Massage Educator Certification

 

INFANT MASSAGE AUSTRALIA

  • Circle of Security Assessment and Treatment Planning Certification

Understanding Attachment, The Circle of Security Approach

 

CIRCLE OF SECURITY – An early intervention program for parents and children

 

MARYCLIFF INSTITUTE, USA (Cooper, Hoffman, Powell)

  • Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy

 

LATROBE UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.

  • The Archway Trust Counselling Training Course, with special emphasis working with children.

 

ARCHWAY TRUST, LONDON, UK.

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts for Change – facilitating the creative arts with children and young people.

 

ROEHAMPTON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF HUMAN AND LIFE SCIENCES, LONDON, UK.

  • Introduction to Drama & Movement Therapy

 

Sesame Institute UK and International

  • Bachelor of Arts Acting

 

QUEEN MARGARET UNIVERSITY COLLEGE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

  • Diploma in Dance

 

ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOLS