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ale hayes
PLAYTHERAPIST

As a mental health practitioner working with parents and young people, Ale is particularly interested in early intervention and well-being support. Her services include adolescent counselling, child play therapy, perinatal counselling and outdoor therapy (individual walk & talk sessions for new Mums).

 

In her sessions, Ale aims to create a safe, non-judgmental and nurturing space where clients can comfortably explore issues, identify unhelpful patterns, learn new skills, and grow into their best selves. Ale's practice is evidence based and trauma informed. She specialises in humanistic approaches (e.g. child-centred play therapy and person-centred therapy), and unconditional, relationship-based parenting. Some of Ale's focus areas include: self-esteem, emotional regulation, anxiety, low mood, transitions, life changes, birth trauma, gender disappointment, concern about not bonding with baby, mother's guilt and disappointment with motherhood.


Ale has a Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She is a Certified Humanistic Play Therapist and Interplay Practitioner, having completed her clinical training in child-centred play therapy with Play Therapy Australia. Ale also has training and volunteering experience as a youth mentor in local high schools. She is a certified practising member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).

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