Meet Jemma

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Jemma started her carer in the Department of Justice as a Court Register whilst completing a Bachelor of Criminal Justice. She then went onto work for several years at Youth Justice, supporting young persons in Youth Detention and Community Case Management. During this time Jemma volunteered with Aboriginal youth groups diverting children away from the Justice System, and completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Primary Education. Jemma then started Postgraduate studies in Psychology and worked with women and children 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 worked as a Family Law Counsellor and Children’s group worker. And here we are, a long but worthy road to a career she loves! Jemma is a Registered Play Therapist and qualified Children's Yoga Teacher. Jemma is a Team Leader at Play Therapy SA.

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 the weight of a trauma, challenge or stressor 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!)

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