Play Therapists


Vanessa has over 17 years working with children and families within various roles in both the government and the private sector. She has specialised experience working with children and families who have experienced complex trauma, and utilises relevant therapeutic and neuroscience-informed practices. Vanessa holds a Bachelor degree in Behavioural Studies and post-graduate qualifications in Counselling, and Child Protection and Client Assessment. She is a certified Neuro-psychotherapeutic Practitioner and Certified Resilience Coach.  Vanessa has further completed her qualifying clinical training in Child Centred Play Therapy through the Queensland Institute of Play Therapy and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Educational Neuroscience through Central Queensland University.

  • Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) Assessment (Child Development screening)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Interventions – Dual Diagnosis Training
  • Anger and Trauma Training – (University of Melbourne)
  • Autism and Anxiety in Children – Griffith University
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence – Central Queensland University
  • Managing Challenging Behaviours
  • Non-violent intervention Training
  • Domestic violence experiential training
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention