Our Team

Kylie Ellison
Founder & CEO
Counsellor/ Child Centred Play Therapist/ 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 13 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 of PACF
- Registered Play Therapist, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

Lisa Mazzeo
Psychologist/ Senior Child Centred Play Therapist/ Trainer

 

Lisa Mazzeo

Lisa is a registered Psychologist and member of Play Therapy Practitioners Association who has over 12 years’ experience working in the family support, grief and loss, domestic violence, child protection and mental health sectors. 

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 utilises child-centred play therapy in her work with children and her therapeutic framework is trauma-informed and strengths-based.

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Psychology, QUT (2002)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, QUT (2004)
- Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma (Australian Childhood Foundation)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2018)
- Registered Psychologist with AHPRA
- Registered Play Therapist, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

 
Lesley Balch

Child Centred Play 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
- Diploma in Higher Education and Social Care, UK (2005)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2019)
- Associate member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

Kerri-Anne Lynn
State Manager- QLD
Counsellor/ Child Centred Play Therapist

 

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 (currently completing)
- Provisional Clinical Member, Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

Kylie Cahil
Play Therapist

Kylie Cahil

Kylie has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and worked with children and young families for the past 15 years.  Kylie has completed ongoing professional development training in relation to trauma informed practice and psychosocial development of children throughout her career.  Recently Kylie completed training in Play Therapy and she is an associate member of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association.  

Kylie is passionate about working with children and young people who have experienced complex trauma, sexual assault and grief and loss.  Kylie’s passion to help build resilient and healthy young minds has lead to her into work with foster care children, students with learning difficulties or behavioural challenges and with vulnerable young mums.  Play therapy allows her to engage with those young people who struggle to connect with others or express themselves in a relaxed, creative and safe environment.

Qualifications
- Bachelor of Psychological Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, Centre for Play Therapy (2019)
- Associate Member, Play Therapy Practitioners Association (PTPA)

Kate Phillips
Administration Officer

Kate Phillips

Kate joined the C4PT team in April 2019 as our Administration and Accounts Officer. Kate brings over 12 years experience in business administration and finance to the team. She has completed MYOB Advanced training and holds a Cert IV in Business Administration.  

Kate has a strong background in all areas of accounts along with experience in Payroll, HR and PA roles. She takes much pride in her work and brings with her a wealth of skills to support the C4PT team.

Qualifications
- Certificate IV in Business Administration