Child’s Play Qld is a not for profit children’s psychology practice, located in Morningside, Brisbane. Child’s Play provides professional psychological services to children and young people experiencing a range of psychological issues.  Child’s play will endeavour to provide counselling services across the lifespan of the child’s early development, to ensure that they are fully supported throughout their journey.  Our psychologists are highly trained and experienced therapists, who have a genuine interest in children, and are fully equipped to support them throughout the counselling process.

If at any stage Child’s Play QLD generates a profit, Child’s Play will retain those profits and reinvest the money to improve its services and facilities. That is, under law, Child’s Play is not permitted to distribute any profits to any of its shareholders generated by it.

Eliza Vassallo is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Psychologist. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

In 2012, Eliza established “Child’s Play Qld”, a not for profit psychology practice providing focussed strategies to children and young people.  Eliza has had extensive experience working within both the non-government and private sectors.  She has worked as a School Psychologist, supporting both the educational and developmental needs of children, both through their primary and secondary years.  She has also worked in an agency closely supporting children through family breakups and divorce and separation.  Eliza regularly developed and facilitated individual and/or group therapy treatment plans for these children. More recently, Eliza worked as the coordinator of the Children’s Bereavement Centre, at the Mt Olivet Hospital (now St Vincent’s Brisbane).  During this time, Eliza and her team, provided focussed grief and loss therapy to children who were bereaved or anticipating the loss of their loved ones.   Eliza has had a lot of experience liaising within the health sector, and aims to work collaboratively with other medical health professionals.

As a mother of two young children, Eliza is very mindful of the importance of creating the right environment to build rapport and to help children feel comfortable and relaxed during therapy.   For this reason, Eliza works with different modalities during the counselling session, that help children to express themselves,which is likely to enhance the therapeutic outcomes.  She also uses a strengths-based approach when working with children and young people, which enhances each childs individual attributes and supports them in their quest for positive change.

Jade Maurer is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists. Jade has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University.

Jade has broad experience in the psychological treatment of children and adolescents experiencing mental health, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has worked across educational, primary care and private practice settings. Most recently Jade has worked in private practice in Darwin (NT) providing psychological treatment to children, adolescents and their families. Jade utilises a combination of individual child therapy sessions and parent sessions.

The approaches Jade utilises are drawn from a variety of psychological theories, and include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment based therapies and solution-focused therapy. Jade tailors her approach to suit individual children, building on their strengths and enhancing therapeutic outcomes.

Dianne Tucker is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Dianne has worked for many years in the non-government sector as well as in private practice, and has extensive experience in working with a wide range of childhood difficulties including emotional and behavioural concerns.

Dianne offers approaches from a range of psychological theories and skills including child-focused counselling approaches, play therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness- based therapies, parent training interventions and solution-focused therapy. She employs different ideas and strategies with the goal of assisting young clients to get the most out of sessions, to build skills, learn coping strategies and to enhance their strengths.

In addition, Dianne has a particular interest in supporting parents who are having difficulties with their children’s behaviour. Dianne is a licensed practitioner in 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching® (Parentshop®) and is able to offer this knowledge to assist parents to learn effective skills to manage difficult behaviour and to support their children’s healthy emotional growth (2-12 years). She is also an accredited Triple P Positive Parenting Program trainer which offers parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships.

Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you.