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 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:

Private Practice

NDIS Self and Plan Managed

WorkSafe Provider

Victims of Crime

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Rumbalara Aboriginal Family Services

Primary Care Connect

Mariam Community- St. Vincent Care

The Bridge

AASW Member 481652 

APTA Associate Member 20190051

Barbara Beirao

Social Worker   Play Therapist 

Certified Facilitator LEGO-Based Therapy

Family Violence Specialist

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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

  • Self-respect

  • 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

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.

Playful Healing Therapy acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land where we live and work; the people of the Yorta Yorta nation, and recognize their connection to the land, water and Community. 
We pay respect to the First Nations Elders, past, present and emerging.


Shepparton VIC 3630, Australia


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