Members of the Board
Kylie Ellison- BA (Psyc), PostGradDip Psyc, MCoun&Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Training (Play Therapy)
Kylie is a registered counsellor and play therapist who has been working with children, young people and families in the human services field for the past 14 years. Kylie commenced her career working alongside mental health practitioners in adult mental health, before moving into the area of child protection.
More recently Kylie has discovered a passion for child centered play therapy as a way of working alongside children and their parents/ carers. In 2016 Kylie established Centre for Play Therapy, an organisation committed to supporting children to work through difficult feelings and experiences through the provision of child centred play therapy services. Today the organisation operates across four locations on the Sunshine Coast, North Brisbane, Ipswich and Central Queensland.
Along with being a registered counsellor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), Kylie is the founder and President of the Play Therapy Practitioners Association, a professional association established for those interested in or trained as play therapists in Australia. Kylie is passionate about creating a community of play therapy practitioners that fosters access to training and therapy services along with advocacy for play therapy in both the community and professional arenas.
BA (Psyc) Courtney has been working with children, young people and families in the human services field for almost a decade including Therapeutic Youth Work, Residential Care, Case Management, Family Intervention and Community Youth Programs. Courtney has predominantly worked with children and young people with complex trauma and became interested in Child-Centred Play Therapy after seeing how non-talk based and non-directive therapies can give children a voice and a safe space to explore, understand and feel control over their emotions.
Courtney is the Child Protection Advisor for the Brisbane YMCA and is also a Therapist (Play Therapy) at Centre for Play Therapy. Courtney will have completed post-graduate studies in Play Therapy by November 2018.
Courtney is passionate about working with children and young people and utilises a client-centred, trauma-informed, strengths-based therapeutic framework. When offered the opportunity to join the Play Therapy Practitioners Association Board, she felt both honoured and excited to be a part of helping to shape and influence the future of Child Centred Play Therapy in Australia.
Silvia Jones-Terare is a Gooreng Gooreng, South Sea Islander and Welsh woman. Sylvia has been working in the community services sector for eight years in many different areas such as engagement in schools, family support, youth work and am for the past six years have been the Cultural Support Planner for Life Without Barriers in the Brisbane region. In the role as Cultural Support Planner, Sylvia facilitates connecting or returning young people back to country, relationships with families and community. Sylvia undertakes this through gathering information on family and community connections as well as delivering and supporting cultural camps.
Through these roles, Sylvia has been able to connect and reconnect young people to culture, community, and family. Sylvia has been able to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through programs, events and linking individual, families and groups to community; guided by the local Elders and community.
Sylvia is a member of Life Without Barrier’s South East Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan and the Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan committee. These groups discuss the supports for our clients, communities, discuss partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community organisations and how communities can support each other. The group also focusses on educating and supporting our colleagues, stakeholders in understanding Cultural Protocol and embedding Cultural Practise’s as a core part of their practice framework.
Cultural support and wellness has always been a passion of Sylvia’s as she believes this is a crucial piece of Australia’s young people’s identity as well as a big part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and who we are. Sylvia has been privileged to work alongside some amazing mentors supporting her through this journey in her career.
Lauren currently works for the Y Brisbane in the marketing and communications arena! After stumbling through a business degree and reluctantly starting a law degree, she finally found her feet in the world of creatives, enthusiastically finishing a degree in Entertainment. Starting out in children’s television and then working alongside the amazing TEDx Brisbane team, Lauren discovered an appetite for sharing interesting stories and innovative ideas that excite and inspire.
Currently she spends her days doing anything and everything from analysing google analytics to creating and implementing digital campaigns. She also spends much of her week working with the WhyNot? Editorial Committee to deliver content for young people across Australia that is both relevant and thought provoking; building an online community of like-minded, inspired and passionate individuals.
Lesley Balch began her journey in 1994 in the UK, providing in-home day care for children at risk of going into the care system, providing advice and support to parents to enable them to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.
This then moved to Lesley becoming a full time foster carer, which she believes was the catalyst to her passion to support children who have suffered trauma. Lesley worked as a Social Worker in Out-of-Home Care before moving to Australia with her family in 2007. Lesley has continued to work with children and families within a Family Intervention Service and then as a Supporter of Carers within the non-government sector.
Through this work Lesley has developed a passion to be able to provide children and young people a safe space where they can express their feelings and emotions in a non-directive way, through play.
Having also heard the passion of colleagues who provide Child Centred Play Therapy, Lesley has completed her clinical training in Child Centred Play Therapy and is currently completing her registration through Centre for Play Therapy and Play Therapy Practitioners Association.
Lesley works in a child centred, trauma informed framework where she believes that all children should be allowed to express their feelings and emotions in a safe space. Though never thinking she would be a ‘cat lady’, Lesley now has two cats, Dobby and Sox, with whom she likes to spend time. .
Lisa Cheal is an Early childhood specialist, counsellor and play therapist. With over 20 years’ experience working with children in their early years within early education centres, community preschools, specialised services, Out of Home Care service and her own private practice.
Lisa works from both an attachment focused and child centred approach with a strong belief in a holistic view of the child that encompasses their lived experience. Lisa also has special interest in areas such as infant and toddler trauma, working with child victims of sexual abuse and attachment disorders.
Lisa is registered and golds the following qualifications:
- Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
- Bachelor of Early childhood (BTEC)
- Graduate Certificate of Play Therapy
- Certificate of Child Psychology
- Diploma of Counselling; Major in Children and Family therapies, expressive therapies and loss and grief.
- Cert IV Training and Assessment