PLAYFUL HEALING THERAPY
ABOUT PLAYFUL HEALING
Playful Healing Therapy came to life after Barbara worked 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-centered play therapy, and parent skills training. Barbara also provides mental health counselling to parents, adolescents and children.
The aim of Playful Healing Therapy is to support and empower children and their families. Barbara has extensive experience in working with adults and children who have experienced family violence.
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Social Work - Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Principles and Practice of Cognitive Behavioural 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.
Professional Certificate in Mental Health Practice - University of Melbourne.
Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Practice - La Trobe University.
Circle of Security facilitator.
Tuning into Kids facilitator.
CHILD-CENTERED 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
And much more.
Filial therapy is designed to treat emotional and behavioural difficulties in children by teachings 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.