About Playful Healing
Playful Healing Therapy came to life after Barbara worked more than 20 years in the field of social work, and therapeutic and educational work. Barbara has worked in both the government and the not-for-profit sector, in New Zealand and Australia.
Barbara has extensive training and experience in providing assessments, child-centred play therapy, and parent skills training. Barbara also provides mental health support to parents, adolescents and children.
Children and adults with special needs and vulnerabilities are respected and supported by Playful Healing Therapy to be empowered to live a satisfying life, where they can believe their dreams are achievable.
Barbara also has extensive experience in working with adults and children who have suffered family violence, providing Family Violence Counselling
We are committed to supporting people through their journey and empowering them to pursue
their dreams and lead a fulfilling life.
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Social Work - Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice - 1st Class Honors - University of Melbourne.
Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Practice - La Trobe University.
ASD Assessment Fundamentals - Mindful - University of Melbourne
PDA and Autism - Professor Tony Attwood & Dr Michelle Garnett
Emotion Management for Autistic Children and Adolescents - Professor Tony Attwood & Dr Michelle Garnett
Safe & Together Trainer Facilitator (Family Violence Specialist)
Certified Facilitator LEGO - Based Therapy
Principles and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Australian Psychological Society.
Advanced Clinical Skills in Child-Centered Play Therapy - Play Therapy Australia.
Filial Therapy and Group Filial Therapy - Play Therapy Australia-Dr William Nordling.
Circle of Security facilitator.
Tuning into Kids facilitator.
We work with:
NDIS Self and Plan Managed
Victims of Crime
Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Rumbalara Aboriginal Family Services
Primary Care Connect
Mariam Community- St. Vincent Care
AASW Member 481652
APTA Associate Member 20190051
Social Worker Play Therapist
Certified Facilitator LEGO-Based Therapy
Family Violence Specialist
Child-Centred Play Therapy
Play therapy meets and responds to the children’s emotional needs.
Some of play therapy benefits include:
Development of coping strategies and creative problem-solving skills
Learning to fully experience and express feelings positively
Stronger social skills
Support children who are struggling with feelings of worry, uncertainty, isolation, and unhappiness.
Filial therapy is designed to treat emotional and behavioral difficulties in children by teaching parents how to provide therapeutic interventions for their children. Filial therapy was formulated by Bernard Gurney in 1964.
Counselling for Teenagers and Adults
Using the best evidence-based theories and approaches, Barbara aims to assist young people and adults to cope better with the challenges and difficulties presented in life.
LEGO-Based Therapy is an evidence-based approach designed to help children with Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders, social skills, relationship's difficulties, and concentration. It is an engaging, interactive, and fun way to work on important skills that can help children succeed in their everyday lives. It is a proven, child-centered approach that can make a real difference in the lives of children.