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Sakura Child Counselling & Play Therapy Welcomes You

Warm, Caring and Evidence Based Mental Health Service

Is your child struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, or perhaps experiencing behavioural issues at home or school? "Sakura" is the Japanese word for "cherry blossom" which represents renewal and optimism. I’m here to support you and your child toward a journey of self-discovery through understanding your child's behaviours from a new perspective and restoring optimism for your family. 

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All About Play Therapy

What is Play Therapy?

Play therapy is not just about "having fun playing." Child Centered Play Therapy is an evidence-based counselling method that is developmentally appropriate for children aged 3-10.

Children are not good at articulating, verbalizing and explaining their complex inner world, but instead, they express and resolve emotional conflicts through their natural form of communication "play". 

"Play" allows children to create enough distance from their emotionally intense experiences, which helps them to feel safer to explore and gain understanding of what happened to them. 

Play therapists are trained professionals who can create "safety within relationships." In a relationship characterized by warmth, understanding and acceptance, children are not only able to digest their experiences but also find themselves once again for who they are born to be.

It is believed this discovery, leads us to become more resilient. 

But most of all, children love coming to the play therapy!

*** Depending on your child's age and needs, other forms of therapy may be incorporated (such as art therapy and expressive therapy etc...) 

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Play Therapy is Recommended for Children with...

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties


Such as:

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Grief and loss

  • Aggression

  • Inability to regulate emotions

  • Low self-esteem

  • Acute/complex or medical trauma

  • Nightmares

  • Social withdraw

  • Social skill problems 

  • Family separation

  • Impact of domestic violence

  • Attachment disruption


Personalized Sessions and Support
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Mom And Baby Playing Together With Toys
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Child Play Therapy Sessions

Medium to long term support through weekly sessions. The number of sessions are depending on the history and nature of child's behavioural problems. However, a minimum of 12 sessions is recommended combined with some parenting support sessions.

***Teen Counselling can be provided upon request

Family Therapy / Filial Therapy

Family Therapy

May be suggested depending on the family's needs. 

Filial Therapy 

Support parents to develop their relationships with their children through joined, non-directive play. This evidence based family therapy helps parents to become therapeutic agents at home by learning basic play therapy skills. 

Parenting Support /
Adult Counselling

Parenting Support

I provide attachment-based parenting advice/support that is simple and practical, so you don't feel lost in supporting your child at home.

Adult counselling

We can explore how our past experiences we had as a child can influence our parenting style and our everyday lives now. Adult counselling is open to any clients who's experiencing psychological distress, not limited to parents

Contact me today for a free 15 min consultation!

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My Story

Hi, my name is Missy! I’m a trauma-informed, clinically trained child and family therapist, and an Internal Family Systems therapy practitioner.  

My journey began as a school volunteer, supporting children with behavioral issues.  After 5 years of volunteering experience, I became very curious about child behaviours - which led me to work in this field in the professional capacity. Since, I have had the privilege of working with many families with a history of intergenerational trauma, and with children exhibiting various behavioural symptoms. During my career, I witnessed endless heartwarming transformations in both the children and the family. I am here to guide you and your family through complex and difficult times. I am passionate about my work and I truly care about my clients and their families and always do my absolute best to support every client I meet! 

Registered member of Australian Counselling Association
Associate member of Australian Play Therapists Association

Advanced Play Therapy Clinical Training, Circle of Security Parenting Course facilitator,
Internal Family Systems Therapy practitioner (L1)

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Contact Me

Located at A/19 Hasking Street, Caboolture 4510, QLD

0466 991 760 (Call or text)

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