Meet The Team

Renae Plueckhahn

OWNER

SENIOR PLAY THERAPIST

Renae is a Registered Play Therapist with APPTA and has a Master in Play Therapy. Renae also has a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education.

Renae is a provisional member of PACFA and a Registered Supervisor with PTPA. Renae started Play Therapy SA in 2018.

WHY PLAY THERAPY?

I used to be a teacher and wasn't able to reach the children in need that really needed the extra help and attention. So I retrained and can now reach all of the children in the best way - through play!

FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?

I love the bopbag, it can be great for aggressive release or turn into a horse, a person to dress up or even to try out some gymnastics moves!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?

I am an avid reader and netflix binger so I like to do a lot of that in between being mum to 3 kids and wife to my farmer husband.

Sarah Bush

SENIOR PLAY THERAPIST

Sarah is a Registered Play Therapist with APPTA and has her Masters in Play Therapy. Sarah also has a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education.

Sarah has been working with children and families for many years and is a provisional PACFA member.

Sarah has also recently completed level 1 training in SandTray Therapy.

WHY PLAY THERAPY?

I have always been interested in watching the many benefits of play for both children and their parents! I have worked across varied settings, using play to provide good outcomes for children and this path encouraged me to complete my masters and learn as much as I could about children's mental health. I couldn't see myself doing anything else now!​

FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?

The drum, some children use it to test limits and learn about boundaries and sometimes it's fantastic for self regulation!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?

I love to enjoy my garden and drink lots of tea! I also enjoy playing with my nephews and watching them become their own little people!

Narelle Hanley

PLAY THERAPIST

Narelle is a Provisional Play Therapist with PTPA working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

Narelle has completed a Certificate in Play Therapy from Centre for Play Therapy.  Narelle's undergrad is in Early Childhood Education and she also works as a kindergarten teacher.

WHY PLAY THERAPY?

After teaching children for over 20 yrs I could see that play therapy was an ideal approach for children to express their inner feelings and emotions with the help of toys. I love helping children and this is another way to help them communicate and make sense of their world through play.

FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?

It would have to be the giant

Playmobil Queen!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?

I love to go camping with my family, reading, and cooking.

Kelly Preece

PLAY THERAPIST

Kelly is a Provisional Play Therapist with PTPA working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.  Kelly is currently undertaking a Certificate in Play Therapy from Centre for Play Therapy. Kelly is a qualified Social Worker who has experience in working as a Clinician with children and adolescents in the mental health arena, disability and also within the department for Child Protection.

WHY PLAY THERAPY?

As a social worker, I have always had a passion for working with families and especially children. Coupled with my artistic/creative side, play therapy was a natural fit for my personality and my love of creative and child-focused approaches to therapy. It warms my heart to see children grow and heal using their most natural/comfortable form of communication – PLAY!

 

FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?

I love watching children paint, draw and create - using their unique creativity to express themselves. I also like dress-ups, puppets and the doll’s house for role playing.

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?

I love pottering in my veggie garden, going on adventures with my family to the river or beach in our caravan, and water skiing as much as possible in the summer months!

We are looking for more therapists!

There are many pathways to become a Play Therapist. Play Therapy is a post-grad qualification, meaning you need to already have a Bachelor degree to enrol in the training.

I take on play therapy students, provisionally registered therapists and fully registered play therapists!

Get in contact if this sounds like you!

renae@playtherapysa.com.au | 2 Main North Road. Gawler SA

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