Counselling support for all ages

Counsellor - Philippa

I have 15 years experience working with children, teenagers and individuals within the community sector, higher education counsellor and working with asylum seekers. I hold a Bachelor of Social Science (Community Welfare/counselling) with registration with Australian Counsellors Association ACA and  Australian Register of Counsellor and Psychotherapists ARCAP. 

I have completed training in the following areas and works from a Strength Base and Solution focused approach with the emphasis that we all have the skills to find solutions to our needs. 
  • Sandplay Therapy through Expressive Therapies Australia
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy 
  • Solution focus therapy
  • CBT

I work with Expressive Therapies with children and young people and offers this support to adults if interested and willing to try something different. This includes
  • Sandplay
  • Music, dance and movement
  • drawing, clay work and painting

Expressive Therapies options for children and individuals not ready to talk

Through the use of sand, water and symbols sandplay therapy provides children with the means to give expression to emotionally significant experiences. The use of symbols allows children to distance themselves from profound emotional experiences and thereby allow them to engage in contemplation and reflection. Symbols also provide children with the opportunity to reenact problems in non-threatening ways, change outcomes through play and empower themselves to more competently cope with problems and issues in their real life.

The non verbal nature of sandplay process means that it is likely to be useful with children with cognitive, language and communication disorders, who experience particular difficulty with verbal expression.