Phoebe is a Registered Play Therapist with APPTA and has her Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy. She has a passion for working with children, and has extensive experience working in a range of settings. Phoebe has conducted Play Therapy sessions in remote Aboriginal communities and supported families and children to be reunited through a restoration program. She has worked with children in hospitals and remote health clinics across NSW and NT. She has also worked as a Play Therapist in private practice in Newcastle, and most recently as a Family Specialist in out of home care. Phoebe is also about to finish her Certificate in Holistic Counselling.
WHY PLAY THERAPY?
I was first drawn to Play Therapy when I was working in the Northern Territory. While working in remote Aboriginal communities, I learnt that play is a natural method of communication for children that doesn't involve any shared language. I have always absolutely loved working with children, and I wanted to have as much therapeutic impact as possible in my work. When I learnt about Play Therapy, I knew this was the path for me - as the most developmentally appropriate way for children to express themselves is PLAY!
FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?
I love seeing children use the toy phones in the play room to communicate important themes in their lives, and the various roles children can take on while playing with these. I also absolutely love seeing the versatility of the 'bop bag' and how children's imaginative play can transform this into whatever they need it to represent through their play!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?
I love painting, going for walks, looking after my house plants, and love a good podcast!