Renee has a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy from Deakin University and plans to continue studying towards her Masters Degree in Play Therapy. Renee has a Bachelor in Early Childhood and Special Education Teaching as well as a Bachelor of Disability Studies from Flinders University.
Renee began working with children as an early childhood educator before deciding to build her knowledge through university study. Throughout her studies she worked both as a nanny and in a toy store, before completing her degrees and beginning a career as a Developmental Educator. During this time Renee supported with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn new skills and build emotional regulation strategies. Renee then progressed to middle school special education, teaching children aged 10-14 with intellectual and multiple disabilities. Throughout her career journey Renee was captivated by the power of play, which led her to further study through Deakin University and a final and exciting move into Play Therapy!
WHY PLAY THERAPY?
I have always been fascinated by the development and power of play, particularly imaginative play. My career and study progression has led me to Play Therapy and I could not be more thrilled about it! Working in early childhood environments has given me the opportunity to view the development of play in action, whilst working with children with intellectual and multiple disabilities has allowed me to to witness the incredible therapeutic powers of play. I love that child-centred play therapy gives children the safe space and opportunity to slow down and communicate in a way that is most natural and comfortable for them.
FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?
My favourite toys are the baby dolls and teddies. I love the opportunities for care and decentralisation they provide; children are able to use dolls and teddies to consider the point of view of others
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, baking, and walking through the gorgeous national parks around my home.