Play Therapist | Filial (Family) Therapist | Teacher
B.Sc.(Psych), B.Teach.(Hons), M.A. Play Therapy
Natalie is passionate about supporting young people to achieve their full developmental potential, optimal health and wellbeing. She believes in nurturing kids' emotional health from early in life to ensure the best possible foundation for a happy, healthy and well-adjusted adulthood. Natalie strongly believes that parents and carers are instrumental in driving long-term positive change in family relationships and has had the privilege of witnessing this first hand in her work with many families. As a trained and qualified Filial (Family) therapist, she is also committed to supporting caregivers to learn therapeutic skills to strengthen communication and family relationships and develop positive parenting skills.
Natalie believes child development is greatly influenced by family and community, as well as life experiences and the way in which these have been processed and understood by the child. Her holistic approach is thoroughly informed by current knowledge and research in child and play development and mental health. Natalie's primary focus when working with a child, is to maintain an open, playful and curious presence, whilst establishing an authentic therapeutic relationship based on genuineness, empathy, unconditional acceptance and trust. She is an advocate for the voice and rights of the child and their capacity for learning, socio-emotional growth and healing through play.
Natalie has a sound knowledge of policy and legislation and ethical practice relating to children and families. She works collaboratively with parents/carers, teachers and a care team of allied health professionals to ensure an informed, holistic and beneficial therapeutic experience and positive outcomes.
Natalie is a trained and qualified Play Therapist, with a Master in Child Play Therapy from Deakin University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Psychology) and a Postgraduate (Honours) Degree in Teaching (Primary), both from the University of Melbourne.
Natalie has a number of years teaching experience working in a Primary School setting. Her role has included a focus on children's academic and emotional wellbeing, as well as tailoring curriculum, learning and wellbeing support programs to children with additional needs.
Natalie is registered with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA), and is a member of the Board of Directors. She is also registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).