About The Play Therapist

JANE SEYMOUR – Principal Play Therapist

Jane Seymour is a clinical psychologist with a broad background working with children and families over many years. This includes working within educational settings and community agencies, although her best career move remains being a parent to three now grown children.  Jane has been in private practice in Canberra since 2014, developing her child-centred play therapy practice over this time.  She is now the proud owner of Play Therapy ACT, opening the doors in May 2017.

Jane received Advanced Clinical Training in Play Therapy through Play Therapy Australia. This is a year long 100 hour training with ongoing supervision and professional development that is required for practice.  Jane’s supervisor is Dr. William Nordling, Clinical Psychologist who is based in Arlington, Virginia USA.  Bill is well-known world-wide for his work and contribution to developing the Child Centred Play Therapy modality.  He has published widely in this area. Jane continues to receive regular supervision with Dr. Nordling and Donna Berry at Play Therapy Australia to ensure she delivers best practice standards in her play therapy approach providing psychotherapy for children.

While her work with play therapy remains her focus, Jane also works with children and adolescents using a range of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.  This depends on the child and the issues the child presents with and their age.  Jane is happy to discuss this with you at intake.

Jane has strong experience working with a range of developmental issues in childhood.  She is respected in the Canberra community for her work with children on the Autism Spectrum and working with children with significant behavioural and emotional issues.  Jane prefers to work with all those involved with the child’s care, in a multi-disciplinary approach.  Jane also offers Griffiths Assessments for children 0-6 years, and uses a range of screening tools to assess any pervasive issues.

Jane is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is an Australian Play Therapists Association Registered Play Therapist. Jane is also a Clinical Member of Australian Play Therapists Association, and is able to provide supervision to play therapists in training and those working towards their full membership with APTA.

JANE DE SALIS – Senior Play Therapist

Jane De Salis is a qualified Social Worker and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association for Social Workers (AASW). For the past 7 years Jane has worked in the government sector providing individual support and group work to children and their caregivers (typically parents). Jane also has thirteen years’ experience working within community organisations, working with people experiencing issues with their mental health, people experiencing homelessness, family violence and people experiencing disability.

Jane also completed the Advanced Clinical Training in Play Therapy through Play Therapy Australia in 2015 and is a member of the Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA).  As is the requirement for practice, Jane receives her supervision through highly experienced and regarded play therapist and trainer,  Dr. William Nordling, Clinical Psychologist.

Jane supports positive change in children and families through play. Jane encourages the development of skills and strategies which strengthen the child and family capacity to develop and maintain positive relationships. She has a strong interest in play therapy and reflects warmth and empathy when working with children and their caregivers.  Jane’s focus is strengthening the relationship between a caregiver and their child by providing training in Child and Parent Relationship Therapy.