Jemma started her carer as a Registrar in Courts Victoria whilst completing a Bachelor of Criminology, she went on to case manage young persons at the Victorian Department of Justice. Jemma worked backward through the lifespan, volunteering with Aboriginal youth groups and finishing a Postgraduate Certificate of Primary Education. Jemma then started Postgraduate studies in Psychology whilst working as a Domestic Violence family support specialist. She eventually found the Masters of Play Therapy with Deakin University. Relocating to South Australia in late 2020, Jemma started running mother and baby yoga classes for families isolated during COVID, before working as a Family Law child counsellor. And here we are, a long but worthy road to a career she loves! Jemma is a provisional APPTA member and qualified Children's Yoga Teacher.
WHY PLAY THERAPY?
I admire how Play Therapy empowers children and families to grow, connect and heal. Through the power of the therapeutic relationship, children are given the gift of space and time to communicate what they need, when they need it, and in their own language - the language of play. It is wonderously fulfilling, seeing weight lift off of a child's shoulders through Play Therapy.
FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?
Miniatures and the dollhouse. I enjoy learning a child's interpretation of the world. I'm always surprised how impressionable and perceptive children are at such a young age.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?
I enjoy walking my dog, hiking, trying to boulder and scuba diving (when it's warm enough!)