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.
Megan Gruen is a registered psychologist and is currently working towards being an accredited Clinical Neuropsychologist. Megan completed a Bachelor of Psychologist Science with Honours at the University of Queensland, and a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne.
Megan is specialised in understanding the interaction between the brain and behaviour, and how developmental difficulties can impact on a child’s functioning. She is experienced in providing recommendations to schools and parents regarding children’s thinking skills, behaviour and emotions.
Megan employs techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and positive behaviour supports. Megan provides individualised therapy to each child, taking into account the unique attributes of every family.
Annika Jonsdottir is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Annika has completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology at the University of Queensland and a Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at the Queensland University of Technology.
Annika has experience working with children and families dealing with a wide range of psychological, emotional and social difficulties. She has worked in a number of different settings, including primary and secondary schools, at Queensland Health centres and in the Queensland University of Technology health clinic. She has experience and training in the Circle of Security program, a parenting course focused on improving the attachment and bond between parents and their children. The Circle of Security is used worldwide including in government agencies such as Queensland Health.
Annika also has extensive experience in research and has published papers for the Queensland Centre of Mental Health Research. In January she and her colleagues were awarded the Australia Day Excellence in Innovation or Research Award by the West Moreton Health Service for their contribution to research and health practises. Because of her strong research background, Annika favours an evidence-based approach to counselling and uses a tailored approach with her clients that includes play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural therapy, attachment parenting, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
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