Donna is the Director of Play Therapy Australia and is a qualified Social Worker, Play Therapist and Play Therapy Clinical Supervisor. She is a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counselors Association of Western Australia and a Registered Play Therapist with the Australian Play Therapists Association. Donna is an inspirational, leading trainer in Child Centered Play Therapy in Australia and an expert in this field.
Donna is very visionary and has been involved in the development of high quality professional Play Therapy training with Play Therapy Australia. Donna is the primary trainer in the 2016 Child Centered Play Therapy Training Program and she presents the very popular workshop, The Heart and Practice of Child Centered Play Therapy.
Donna has more than 17 years experience working with Children and Families in a variety of Government and Private Settings. She spent a number of years working therapeutically with children and families in her private clinic using Play Therapy. Donna has recently established The Institute of Play Therapy which is based in South Fremantle, Western Australia. This innovative, professional facility has three therapeutic playrooms and highly trained mental health professionals and Play Therapists providing Play Therapy services for children and families.
Donna has completed extensive training in Play Therapy in Australia and also participated in the Association for Play Therapy, USA, conference and workshop series. She has been supervised by a world leader in Play Therapy Dr William Nordling, and from this, has gained a special interest in Filial Therapy/Child Parent Relationship Therapy.
Donna was a founding member of the Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) and has been an Advisory Board member. She is now President of the Australian Play Therapists Association, the peak Play Therapy association in Australia.
Donna has a special interest in training and is very passionate and extremely committed to teaching others about the growth and healing of children through the power of Play Therapy.