Laura is a clinical Play Therapist and trained Social Worker who is passionate about working with children and families. Laura is dedicated to supporting children to reach their potential and to heal from difficult experiences through the therapeutic powers of play.
Laura is committed to supporting children to express and explore themselves in the best way they know how – through play. Laura understands that each child and family’s therapeutic journey is unique and understands that children are best supported when their parents or carers are included in the therapeutic process.
Laura has extensive experience working with children and families in community organisations and not-for-profit services in both individual and groupwork settings. Laura works with children, families and educators to address a broad range of childhood difficulties, including social-emotional challenges, behavioural issues and healing from traumatic experiences. With a professional background in family violence and foster care, Laura has a special interest in working collaboratively with parents and carers to strengthen parent-child relationships and address childhood trauma.
In addition to Play Therapy practice, Laura works as an Early Years Trauma Consultant with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. In this role, Laura supports educators and teachers to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and to embed trauma-informed practice into their day-to-day routine.
Laura is a proud member of the Play Therapy Hub team and runs her own private practice – Playroom Therapy, which currently operates across the inner north and inner east of Melbourne.
Laura is a clinical Play Therapist and clinical Social Worker. Laura is trained in Humanistic Play Therapy (one-on-one), Filial (parent/carer-child) Therapy and ‘Learn to Play’ Therapy, a modality of therapy that helps children to develop their play ability. Laura uses these evidence-based therapeutical modalities effectively supporting children and their families to address social-emotional difficulties and strengthen family relationships.
Master of Child Play Therapy
Trained ‘Learn to Play’ therapist
Bachelor of Social Work/Arts (Behavioural Studies and Indigenous Studies)
Registered with the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)
Registered with Australasian Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA)
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Therapy that includes play can calm the storm in your child’s inner world and bring some well-deserved harmony to your home.
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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