Founder & CEO
Counsellor/ Child Centred Play Therapist/ Trainer
Kylie is a registered counsellor with PACFA who has been working with children, young people and families in the human services field for the past 14 years. Kylie commenced her career working alongside mental health practitioners in adult mental health, before moving into the area of child protection.
Kylie's work within child protection focussed on developing her strengths based practice framework in working with reunification and intervention with parental agreement cases. Kylie moved into the non-government sector where her passion for the advocacy of children and young people led to her role as service manager of a youth support agency on the Sunshine Coast.
After leaving this role to pursue her honours in psychology, Kylie gained employment within specialist foster care where she further developed her interest in narrative therapy, trauma- informed care and strengths based practice. Kylie holds a humanistic view of client work believing in the potential of the individual given adequate resources and support.
More recently Kylie has discovered a passion for child centered play therapy as a way of working alongside children and their parents/ carers. Kylie feels honoured to have the opportunity to support children in this way of working, to assist children to work through difficult feelings and experiences in their lives in a way that feels most natural to them, play. Along with being a registered counsellor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), Kylie is the founder and President of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association, a professional association established for those interested in or trained as play therapists in Australia. Kylie is passionate about creating a community of play therapy practitioners that fosters access to training and therapy services along with advocacy for play therapy in both the community and professional arenas.
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), UQ (2004)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, Bond University (2009)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Play Therapy Australia (2015)
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, ACAP (2018)
- Provisional Clinical member of PACFA
- Registered Play Therapist, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)
Registered Psychologist/ Senior Child Centred Play Therapist/ Trainer
Lisa is a registered Psychologist and member of Play Therapy Practitioners Association who has 3.5 years’ experience working with children in private practice utilising the Child Centred Play Therapy modality. She also has over 12 years’ experience working in the areas of family support, grief and loss, domestic violence and child protection. In addition to her CCPT work, Lisa’s therapeutic framework is trauma-informed and strengths-based and she has a broad knowledge of children’s mental health and disability, including ASD.
Lisa has a passion for working with children and young people and their families, with a particular interest in working with children who have experienced trauma. Lisa also enjoys spreading her enthusiasm for this work to others through training and she thoroughly enjoys seeing them use the CCPT approach in their own work.
- Bachelor of Psychology, QUT (2002)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, QUT (2004)
- Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma,Australian Childhood Foundation (2014)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2018)
- Registered Psychologist with AHPRA
- Registered Play Therapist, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)
Child Centred Play Therapist
Lesley Balch began her journey in 1994 in the UK, providing in-home day care for children at risk of going into the care system, providing advice and support to parents to enable them to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children. This then moved to Lesley becoming a full time foster carer, which she believes was the catalyst to her passion to support children who have suffered trauma.
Lesley worked as a Social Worker in Out-of-Home Care before moving to Australia with her family in 2007. Lesley is registered as a member of Play Therapy Practitioners Association.
Lesley has continued to work with children and families within a Family Intervention Service and then as a Supporter of Carers within the non-government sector. Through this work Lesley has developed a passion to be able to provide children and young people a safe space where they can express their feelings and emotions in a non-directive way, through play.
Having also heard the passion of colleagues who provide Child Centred Play Therapy, Lesley has completed her clinical training in Child Centred Play Therapy and is registered with Play Therapy Practitioners Association. Lesley works in a child centred, trauma informed framework where she believes that all children should be allowed to express their feelings and emotions in a safe space. Though never thinking she would be a ‘cat lady’, Lesley now has two cats, Dobby and Sox, with whom she likes to spend time.
- Associate Degree- Higher Education and Social Care, UK (2005)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2019)
- Associate member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)
State Manager- QLD
Counsellor/ Child Centred Play Therapist
Kerri-Anne completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (hons) in 2012 then moved to Melbourne and worked for several years in the human resources and recruitment industries. In 2016 she moved back to Brisbane and completed a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Kerri-anne is a registered counsellor with PACFA and member of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association.
Kerri-Anne began working with children and young people in out of home care in 2017 in a high school setting. Here she provided in and out of classroom support to help students manage their behavior and successfully integrate and participate both socially and academically.
This experience introduced her to working with young people who had experienced trauma and sparked a desire to be able to work more effectively within this field. This led to her introduction to play therapy and she is now undergoing clinical training as a Play Therapist while working towards her registration with the Play Therapy Practitioners Association.
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), UQ (2012)
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, ACAP (2017)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (currently completing)
- Provisional Clinical Member, Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)
Charlotte has worked with children for over seven years, including most recently two and a half years with children living in out of home care. Charlotte completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology during this time and spent the following year counselling adults and young people, before returning to her work with children at the Centre for Play Therapy. Charlotte has a great passion for the science of psychology and therapeutic intervention, continuing her studies in postgraduate psychology honours in 2020. Having worked closely with children who have experienced significant trauma, Charlotte is fiercely passionate about early intervention and supporting children in a child-centred framework, particularly in rural communities which often face significant barriers to accessing adequate supports. Living rurally, Charlotte is currently undergoing clinical training as a Play Therapist, working towards her clinical registration with the Play Therapy Practitioners Association and delivering Play Therapy in remote Central Queensland.
- Bachelor of Science, Psychology, USQ (2018)
- Bachelor of Science, Honours - Psychology, USQ (2019-2020)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (in progress)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association of Australia (PTPA)
I have worked with children for the past 20 years. During this time, I have worked in a variety of roles. This includes child care and education, advocate for children living in out of home care, children’s services teacher and primary school teacher. Most recently, my work involved teaching children in the special education environment. Whilst completing studies to become a qualified play therapist, I am coaching early years teachers to ensure that all children have a great start in their learning.
- Advanced Diploma Children’s Services
- Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)
- Graduate Diploma Teaching and Learning
- Currently completing Play Therapist qualifications
Helena is a qualified Social Worker with a background working as a mental health clinician with children and young people since 2015. Helena is passionate about providing support to children and their families with the goal of reducing poorer mental health outcomes in the future.
Helena enjoys advancing her knowledge and skills specifically in the field of attachment and trauma informed theories and practices, including Circle of Security Facilitator training, Theraplay informed practices and recently Play Therapy.
Helena recognises the privilege she has in sharing a child and their families lives. When working with families she uses a recovery based framework to achieve client goals.
- Certificate 3 in Children Services
- Bachelor of Science Psychology
- Master of Social Work
- Post graduate Certificate Applied Mental Health - Child & Youth