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Get to Know Our Practitioners


Barb (Barbara Beirao), Social Worker,

Play Therapist, Certified Facilitator

LEGO-Based Therapy, Family Violence Specialist, Mental Health Clinician, and

Autism Assessment qualified.

Barbara has worked in both the government and the not-for-profit sector, in New Zealand and Australia.

Barbara is a highly trained professional with extensive experience in providing mental health support to parents, adolescents, and children. Her expertise includes assessments, child-centered play therapy, and parent skills training. With her compassionate and caring approach, Barbara is dedicated to helping families navigate their mental health challenges and achieve positive outcomes.

Barbara is a skilled family violence counselor and consultant with a wealth of experience in working with both adults and children who are victims of domestic violence. Her expertise in this area allows her to provide valuable support and guidance to those who have been affected by this difficult issue. Whether you are looking for individual counseling or need help with a specific situation, Barbara is here to help.

She is 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

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised - ADI-R - Mindful -ASD, University of Melbourne

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - ADOS 2 - Mindful-ASD, University of Melbourne

  • ASD Assessment Fundamentals - Mindful-ASD, University of Melbourne

  • ADOS-2 Coding and Reliability - Mindful-ASD, 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.

Professional Memberships & Accreditations

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA)

Accredited AASW Mentor

Accredited AASW Social Worker

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