THE TEAM

elizaEliza Vassallo established “Child’s Play Qld” in 2012. Eliza is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Eliza’s role as Managing Director of Child’s Play Qld is to manage and support the psychologists within the clinic to ensure that Child’s Play Qld’s mission is always maintained. In addition, Eliza spends the majority of her time coordinating and planning fundraising events, to raise the much needed funds to help the clinic continue to offer affordable sessions to children and families.
We hope to secure enough funding, to one day enable us to fulfill our long term vision, which is; that all children, regardless of their family’s situation, will be able to come to Child’s Play and receive FREE counselling. Please note, that this is NOT currently available, but it is our vision for the future, which we hope to achieve through fundraising and sponsorship. The money that we raise in the future, is to ensure that no child misses out on receiving the support that they not only deserve, but very seriously need.

Our even bigger vision is that the stigma associated with mental health is removed from society and that instead of shying away from the issues of mental health support, we embrace it and become more vocal and honest as a society, about the struggles that we all face and deal with every day.

 

jadeJade 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.

 

annikajpgAnnika 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 attachment theories and parenting work focused on improving the attachment and bond between parents and their children. Attachment based parenting programs are 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.

 

felicityDr Felicity West has been a registered psychologist since 2000. She completed a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Psychology at the University of Tasmania and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland. She is an accredited provider of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program and is mother to two small children.

Felicity has worked in research, hospital, and community settings. As a Triple P trainer, she had the privilege of working with children, parents, and family support workers in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. The aim of this work was to reduce child behaviour and emotional problems by increasing parenting skills and confidence. She learnt that many problems can be resolved by building self-esteem, increasing positive interactions, and empowering children and parents to make their own positive changes.

In working with children and families, Felicity draws on her formal and informal training in cognitive behaviour therapy, parent training, art therapy, and narrative therapy. Motherhood has taught her the importance of honouring children’s unique view of the world, and tapping into their imagination, creativity, and playfulness in finding solutions to problem they face.

 

peggyPeggy Wong is currently registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Peggy has completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of School Psychology and Counselling at Brigham Young University in the United States of America.

Peggy worked as a school psychologist in the United States, in both primary and secondary schools, providing educational support and psychological treatment to children, adolescents, and their families. Peggy has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with autism. She has training in the administration of autism diagnostic assessments, and is experienced in providing interventions, such as individual counselling and social skills support groups, for children and adolescents with autism. Peggy is also a certified leader in the 1-2-3-Magic program, an evidence-based parenting program focused on managing the behaviours of children from 2 to 12 years old.

Based on the individual needs, attributes, and strengths of her clients, Peggy utilizes techniques from a number of modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and solution-focused therapy to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

 

 

Katherine De Maria is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia who has broad experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honors at the University of Queensland and a Masters of Clinical Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology. Katherine is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Katherine has experience in the delivery of both individual and group-based evidence based psychological interventions in private, community and hospital-based settings. Across these settings, Katherine has experience working with young people and their families to assist with a variety of psychological, emotional and social difficulties. Her key interests include assisting young people to understand and manage emotions and build social skills and coping strategies.

Katherine strongly believes that it is important to work collaboratively with the young person and their family and tailor the treatment to best meet the needs and strengths of her clients. She utilizes a wide range of evidence-based psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Brief Supportive Therapy modalities to achieve the goals of her clients and their families.

 

 

Amy Biggs-Tsoubos is a General Psychologist who has a keen interest in working with children and adolescents presenting with a variety of needs. She has experience and enjoys working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, anger issues, and low self-esteem, among many other presenting concerns. Amy also enjoys working with parents of children and teens to equip them with the skills and tools necessary to ensure that gains made in therapy with the child/adolescent are continued into everyday home life.

In addition to working within traditional models of therapy, Amy is also a trained and certified Animal Assisted Therapist. Amy works with her Golden Retriever, Harvey who is trained and assessed Therapy Dog (through Therapy Dogs Australia). Harvey is present during client sessions, and where beneficial to client goals plays an active role in therapy. Animal Assisted Therapy has been shown to assist with building the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client and have a positive impact on client engagement, which is crucial to achieving client goals. Research into Animal Assisted Interventions show that they are beneficial in teaching and treating a number of presenting issues, including but not limited to, emotion regulation, reducing stress, improving mood, teaching empathy and social skills and increasing self-esteem and confidence. Amy can also work with clients whose therapy goal is to treat dog phobia.

 

Samantha ArcherSamantha Archer is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology at the University of Auckland and a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) with distinction, at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

She has worked in a range of settings including primary and secondary schools, a Paediatric allied health outpatient clinic and the QUT health clinic. Samantha has experience working with young people and their families who are experiencing a wide range of psychological, emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.

Samantha is a mother two girls, and she enjoys working collaboratively with parents and schools to bring about positive change in their children’s lives. She applies her knowledge of attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology to provide practical parenting support. Samantha is passionate about supporting caregivers to build secure relationships with their children through the use of the Circle of Security (COS) framework.

Her creative practice is tailored to suit the individual and developmental needs of the child. She draws from current research and utilises evidence-based interventions such as Feedback-Informed Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy. She has completed the 3-day COS sensitivity training, 10-day intensive COS training and is a registered Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P, DVD) facilitator.

 

Vicki SteelVicki Steel is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia who had broad experience working with children, adolescents and adults for a range of issues. Vicki has completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology, a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honors and a Post Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane.

Vicki has experience working with children and their families, in both private practice and educational settings. She has a particular interest in helping school aged children and adults with strategies to manage a variety of difficulties, and developmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Vicki is also committed to working with children and families with complex issues resulting from domestic violence and the subsequent trauma. She recognises the importance of working collaboratively with families to establish goals for treatment.

Vicki draws on evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Schema Therapy to help with a broad spectrum of issues including: anxiety, anger, learning difficulties, bullying, self-esteem, grief/loss, adjustment to parents separating, and social skills difficulties.

 

 

Alicia WindonAlicia Windon is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Alicia has completed a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney and a Post Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at the College of Professional Psychology.

Alicia has experience working with children, adolescents and their families with a wide range of psychological, emotional and social difficulties. She has worked in private practice, schools, NSW Health centres and community settings.

Alicia is a qualified Managing the Bull, Rage and Drumbeats facilitator and has also undertaken training in the areas of Trauma, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Child and Adolescent Behaviour Management. Alicia has special interests in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, behavioural difficulties and self-esteem. She draws on a number of treatment modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy and play therapy to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

Alicia considers herself to be a client centred therapist and is very passionate about working collaboratively with families to achieve positive outcomes.

 

Kalyn Anderson joined Child’s Play as our Practice Manager in December 2016, bringing over 10 years’ experience in the Allied Health Industry to our clinic.

Kalyn is always ready to assist our clients and oversee the smooth running of the clinic. She aims to ensure that clients and their families find Child’s Play to be a supportive, friendly and caring environment to be in. She is an enthusiastic supporter of all Child’s Play fundraising activities and the work done to support mental health in our community.

 

 

 

 

Frankie (Animal Assisted Therapy Dog)

Frankie is a miniature Cavoodle. He was born on the 4th of January 2016 and is a regular staff member at Child’s Play Qld. Frankie is trained as a therapy dog, through Therapy Dogs Australia. He can help to facilitate the therapeutic interaction between the child and their psychologist. Frankie makes regular appearances to welcome children and families into the clinic. With consultation from your child’s psychologist, Frankie can be available to attend therapy sessions to enhance therapeutic outcomes. If you are interested in having Frankie a part of your child’s counselling experience, please discuss this with your psychologist, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Being a therapy dog can be tiring for Frankie, and as such, he is only available for limited hours at Child’s Play Qld.

Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you.