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Our Queensland Team

 

Kylie Ellison
Founder & CEO
Counsellor/ Trainer

Kylie Ellison

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 15 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.

Qualifications
- 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. Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA)
- Registered Play Therapist, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

 

Lesley Balch

Therapist

 

 

Lesley Balch

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.

Qualifications
- Associate Degree- Higher Education and Social Care, UK (2005)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2019)
- Registered Play Therapist, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

Kerri-Anne Lynn
State Manager- QLD/
Counsellor

 

 

Kerri-Anne Lynn

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.  

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), UQ (2012)
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, ACAP (2017)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2019)
- Provisional Clinical Member, Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

 Charlotte Askew
Therapist

 

Charlotte Askew

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.

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Science, Psychology, USQ (2018)
- Bachelor of Science, Honours - Psychology, USQ (2019-2020)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy studies, Centre for Play Therapy (2020) 
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association of Australia (PTPA)

 

 

 

Helena Hammer
CQ Regional Manager/ Social Worker

 

 

Helena Hammer

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.

Qualifications
- Certificate 3 in Children Services
- Bachelor of Science Psychology
- Master of Social Work
- Post graduate Certificate Applied Mental Health - Child & Youth
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy studies, Centre for Play Therapy (2020)
- Associate member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association of Australia (PTPA)

 Camea Degen
Psychologist (AHPRA provisionally registered)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Camea Degen

Camea completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology & Human Dvpt.) in New Zealand in 2014, and Psychology Honours (Bachelor of Science) at USQ in 2017. She has a 25+ year history of working with children facing multiple developmental challenges including disabilities and trauma, including being a committee member of Autism NZ, and establishing an ASD parent support group. While studying in New Zealand, Camea worked as a non-directive Play Therapist under the supervision of a highly experienced practitioner with a UK Masters in Child Centred Play Therapy. Having already had a child of her own seeing a Play Therapist for 2 years some 15 years prior, Camea already had a strong understanding of how successful Play Therapy can be, and a passion for becoming a Play Therapist herself.

Camea went on to study psychology Honours in Queensland, during which time she worked for a foster care organisation with children and young people under child protection who lived in either residential or in-home foster care settings.  

In 2018, Camea and her husband left Queensland for 2 ‘gap years’ of travel throughout Australia and Asia, during which time she worked part time for an organisation in multiple areas including human resource and general management, business development and training. Camea also carried out a volunteer role in 2019 for 2 months at CHIA (children’s hope in action), a child disability centre in Vietnam. 

Following many years of supporting children with significant post trauma concerns, attachment barriers or developmental challenges, and using various modalities of therapy and care, Camea is extremely happy to be working in her area of passion again; Play Therapy. She believes this to be the kindest and most successful way of helping children move forward from difficulties they face. Camea is now carrying out clinical training to become a registered practitioner.

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), UW (2014)
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Hon), USQ (2017)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (currently completing)
- Affiliate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

 

Becky Gethen
Counsellor

Becky Gethen

Becky has been working with children and families for over ten years both in Australia and Internationally. Her previous role saw her managing programs and working alongside mothers and their children in women’s Correctional Centres across southern Queensland. Becky has worked with children across hospitals in the United Kingdom and in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Career highlights also include working with children and families for Disney Cruise Line in the United States and teaching English through theatre to children throughout Italy. Becky particularly enjoys working cross-culturally with children and is passionate about empowering children to express themselves freely without fear or judgement in a safe space so that they thrive. Becky is currently completing her post graduate diploma of counselling and undergoing her clinical training as a play therapist.

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Arts (Acting), CSU
- 2008 ‘Bringing Up Great Kids’- Trained Facilitator, Australian Childhood Foundation 
– Graduate Diploma of Counselling, ACAP (2020)
– Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy studies, Centre for Play Therapy (currently completing)
- Affiliate member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

 

 

Wendy Dolan
Social Worker

Wendy Dolan

 Wendy is a qualified Social Worker who came into this career later in life.  She began her career supporting women who had escaped domestically violent relationships.  From there Wendy spent a number of years supporting foster carers and the children placed with them. This experience highlighted for Wendy the importance of children receiving the supports and therapies they require to enable them to become the best they can be.  It sparked in her a desire to work more closely with children who have experienced trauma which eventually led her to play therapy.      

Qualifications
- Diploma in Counselling (2005)
- Bachelor in Social Work (Hons), CQU 2010
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy studies, Centre for Play Therapy (2019)
- Associate member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association of Australia (PTPA)

 

Our Victoria Team

Alannah Jansz
Counsellor

Alannah Jansz

After discovering her passion for psychology, mental health and disability in high-school, Alannah began her journey in 2009, studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Through this experience, Alannah fell in love with the counselling aspect of the course where the relationship with the client is first and foremost at the centre of therapy. After having her first child in 2015, Alannah commenced her post graduate studies in Counselling and is currently completing her Graduate Diploma of Counselling through the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Alannah embraces a humanistic philosophy where she believes clients hold the power and the answers within the therapeutic process and views her role as a caring and genuine facilitator in the client’s journey. Along with this, Alannah has a keen interest in working within a strength-based approach, drawing focus to the unique make up of character strengths of each client.  

In 2018 Alannah began her work at a nearby primary school in their student wellbeing office, offering wellbeing support to students and their families. Alannah’s passion for working with children and families has only strengthened through this position and led her to complete her Certificate in Play Therapy Studies through the Centre for Play Therapy. Alannah’s position at the school has highlighted the strong need child therapeutic support in Victoria. Alannah is passionate about working with younger children, holding the belief that intervention as early as possible is key to improving the mental health and wellbeing of children which in turn allows children to reach their full potential.  

Alannah is extremely excited for her opportunity to work for the Centre for Play Therapy, as the first therapist in Victoria. Alannah feels extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to work together with families, endeavouring to be able to make positive impact within their lives.

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Psychological Science, ACU (2014)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, C4PT (2020)
- Graduate Diploma of Counselling, ACAP (2020)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

Emma Kinsey
 Administration Officer

Emma Kinsey

Emma joined the C4PT team in January 2020 as our Administration Officer. Emma comes from a background in Vocational Education working predominantly with Government based Apprenticeship and Traineeship students. Emma brings with her over 7 years experience in Vocational Education and General administration to the business. Having completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as a Diploma in Management.

Emma is passionate about delivering the best customer service she can no matter what the task is and making everyone just as important as the next.