About us

We are passionate providers of child counselling services, who believe in “helping children heal through play”.

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Who we are

Founded in 2016, Centre for Play Therapy is the leading Australian provider of child centred play therapy services in Queensland. All of our staff are trained counsellors and passionate about children's mental health.

Our location

We are committed to providing evidence based practice with the delivery of our in- person Child Centred Play Therapy services conveniently located in Capalaba, Redlands region.

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Our Team

  • Kylie – Founder/ CEO

    Kylie is a Registered Counsellor, Registered Play Therapist and Play Therapist- Supervisor who has been working with children, young people and families in the human services field for the past 19 years.

    Kylie commenced her career working alongside mental health practitioners in adult mental health, before moving into the area of child protection and disabilities.

    In 2016, Kylie discovered a passion for Child Centered Play Therapy as a way of working alongside children and their parents/ carers. Subsequently, Kylie established Centre for Play Therapy, an organisation committed to supporting children to work through difficult feelings and experiences through the provision of Child Centred Play Therapy services. Today the organisation operates across South- East Queensland, with a commitment to accessibility of play therapy services in Australia.

    In 2021 along with Centre for Play Therapy, Kylie co- founded Play Therapy Training Australia, to offer a professional training program and provide a pathway to registration as a play therapist for professionals in Australia.

    Along with overseeing both companies, Kylie is the founder and current President of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association, a professional association established for those interested in or trained as play therapists in Australia.

    Kylie is passionate about creating a community of play therapy practitioners that fosters access to training and therapy services along with advocacy for play therapy in both the community and professional arenas.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Queensland (2004)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Bond University (2009)
    • Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Australian College of Applied Psychology (2019)
    • Advanced Clinical Training (Play Therapy), Play Therapy Australia (2015)
    • Rise UP Individual and Group Clinical Supervision Certificate (2023)
    • Registered Counsellor, Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
    • Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)
  • Eva – Therapist

    I am a driven professional with a Master’s in Counselling and Post-Graduation Diploma in Counselling Psychology. I believe in fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all my clients. I work from an integrative approach and recognise and celebrate my client’s unique strengths. My practice is drawn from a strength-based, trauma-informed, client-centered, and evidence-based approach. I am empathetic, analytical, and good at building therapeutic relationships with my clients. My multicultural and multilingual background allows me to provide holistic and client-centric care to all my clients.

    As a registered ACA level 2 counsellor, I have worked with children, young adults, and adults in my practice. I also work as an educator for before and after-school hour care and have worked with school children closely. I am passionate about empowering every client I work with by providing them with a compassionate, non-judgmental, collaborative, and authentic space. I am currently undertaking training to specialize in play therapy and look forward to working with children and their carers/families to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.

    Qualifications

    • B.A. Applied Psychology completed in 2019./li>
    • PGD in Counselling Psychology completed in 2020.
    • M.A. Counselling completed in 2022.
    • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (2018)
    • ACA Level 2 registered Counsellor
    • Affiliate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association
  • Anoushka – Therapist

    I am a driven professional with a Master’s in Counselling and Post-Graduation Diploma in Counselling Psychology. I believe in fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all my clients. I work from an integrative approach and recognise and celebrate my client’s unique strengths. My practice is drawn from a strength-based, trauma-informed, client-centered, and evidence-based approach. I am empathetic, analytical, and good at building therapeutic relationships with my clients. My multicultural and multilingual background allows me to provide holistic and client-centric care to all my clients.

    As a registered ACA level 2 counsellor, I have worked with children, young adults, and adults in my practice. I also work as an educator for before and after-school hour care and have worked with school children closely. I am passionate about empowering every client I work with by providing them with a compassionate, non-judgmental, collaborative, and authentic space. I am currently undertaking training to specialize in play therapy and look forward to working with children and their carers/families to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.

    Qualifications

    • B.A. Applied Psychology completed in 2019./li>
    • PGD in Counselling Psychology completed in 2020.
    • M.A. Counselling completed in 2022.
    • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (2018)
    • ACA Level 2 registered Counsellor
    • Affiliate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association
  • Sharyn – Financial Officer

    Sharyn is a highly experienced finance professional with 18 years of bookkeeping and finance experience. Holding a Certificate IV Financial Services and Graduate Certificate Business, her experience is wide and varied. 

    Having worked mostly in the not-for-profit sector specifically in the area of youth advocacy, mental health and support, Sharyn is thrilled to be further involved in services that make a positive impact in young individuals. 

    She enjoys a good spreadsheet, coffee, reading, coffee, exploring the great outdoors and coffee.

    Qualifications

    • Graduate Certificate Business– AIM – 2022
    • Certificate IV Financial Service (Bookkeeping) – Orion Training – 2010

     

  • Jamie Emes – Therapist

    Jamie has worked across areas of counselling, community services, and support work for eight years. Jamie uses her skills in counselling, psychology, and social work to uphold her biopsychosocial strengths-based approach.

    Since 2018, Jamie has been vehemently passionate about working with trauma and supporting families; and uses both theoretical and lived experience to inform this. Jamie is currently completing her Master of Social Work/Mental Health Practice to further her knowledge and skills in enacting personal and structural levels of support/change.

    Jamie is an Affiliate level Play Therapist with the Play Therapy Practitioners Association and a Level 2 Member with the Australian Counselling Association.

    Qualifications

    • Diploma of Counselling (2015)
    • Diploma of Community Services Work (2015)
    • Diploma of Youth Work (2015)
    • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (2018)
    • Certificate in Play Therapy Studies (2024)
    • Master of Social Work/Mental Health Practice (ongoing)

Helping children heal through play

Please contact us for further information, or to arrange an initial parent consultation to assess whether play therapy is suitable for your child.
All referrals welcome.

  • Registered
    NDIS provider

  • Trained counsellors

  • Child-centred
    therapy

  • Accepting &
    non-directive

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