PLAYFUL HEALING THERAPY
Seriously FUN Therapy
About Playful Healing
Seriously FUN Therapy
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 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.
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.
Safe & Together Trainer Facilitator (Family Violence Specialist)
Principles and Practice of Cognitive Behavioral 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.
NDIS Self and Plan Managed
Social Work Services
Family Violence Counselling
AASW Member 481652
APTA Associate Member 20190051
Social Worker Play Therapist
Family Violence Specialist
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
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 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.