Jean considers play as the foundation for children’s health, development and well-being. In her experience PLAY is imperative for the future development of all children so they can become happy and healthy. Within her session’s she utilises the therapeutic powers of play, a safe and secure environment and a trusting therapeutic relationship to support the child’s healing, learning, or self-discovery process.
Family centred practice is a core component for Jean as she works with children and families. Jean believes in building the capacity of the carers as they are the experts about understanding their child’s strengths, interest and needs.
Jean has witnessed how play can be the vehicle and change agent that supports children to work through and communicate their inner thoughts and feelings. Jean believes that through play children have the opportunity to make sense of their worries and thoughts. Jean’s special interest include attachment, trauma and autism.
Jean is a Registered Play Therapist and is trained in Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT), Learn to Play therapy and Filial Family therapy. Jean brings her experience as a teacher and early intervention professional. Empowering families who care for children aged 0-6 years with additional needs and developmental delays. Throughout her experience Jean’s passion is to support families and teachers to implement practical strategies for children. These strategies promote inclusion, learning and development (within the areas of communication, behaviour, emotional regulation and stress management). Through her experience Jean is able to engage parents, carers and children including those considered vulnerable and at risk and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
Jean currently works in a hospital setting providing Child Life Therapy for children who experience procedural anxiety. Jean also works in private practice in the South-East of Melbourne providing individual and group therapy. In addition to her therapeutic work, Jean provides supervision for students undertaking their Learn to Play Therapy placement. Jean currently works out of The Play Therapy Hub, managing her private practice Playful Minds Play Therapy.
Master of Child Play Therapy
Bachelor of Early Childhood
Diploma of Children’s Services
Trained and qualified in Child Centred Play Therapy
Here’s what our clients had to say about their children and our Play Therapy Melbourne:
We began play therapy hoping that it would be an effective way of breaking the difficult cycle that I was in with my son. Our play therapist, Mardi, has a beautiful manner with our son and we have valued her insightful observations about what may be underlying his behaviours.
The combination of the play therapy and implementing her simple strategies has been very effective in changing things at home. We have found play therapy to be very beneficial for our family and are now undertaking filial therapy to continue to reap the rewards of the play therapy approach.
Karen & Rob (Parents)
Natalie is fun, bright and bubbly. Through Play Therapy, she was easily able to connect with my child and we cannot believe how much he has transformed from being an anxious and unsure little boy, into the settled, confident and social child he is now.
My child has a trauma background. He’s getting the Play therapy for about 9 months now. I can’t not thank Helen enough for her help and support . It’s been a very hard journey but the result is amazing. He has got great control on his emotions. He is a happy boy now 🙂
Mark & Linda (Parents)
Donna’s play therapy & animal assisted therapy work has been instrumental in supporting & developing an understanding of the underlying issues of our disengaged refugee students. Her expertise has also been welcomed by staff who needed insight in engaging & developing strategies to meet the needs of our highly challenging students.
Ivan Araujo (Dandenong West Primary Youth Worker)
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