Christine Harkinchristine-profile-square_1

Co-Director of Play Therapy Melbourne

Specialist Child Clinician and Credentialed Play Therapist
Master of Counselling (with Honours), Master of Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Child Centered Play Therapy
Associate member of the Australian Play Therapists Association
Registered member of the Australian Counselling Association
Member of the Association For Play Therapy U.S.

Christine is a specialist Counsellor and fully accredited Play Therapist who focuses exclusively on working with children. Christine has over 15 years experience working with children and their families, both in Australia and across Asia, where she has worked for non-profit organizations, in private practice, and in school settings.

Christine has a special interest in working with children that have experienced family violence. In addition to private practice, she continues to work with McAuley Women’s Services and Berry Street. Christine recently launched a pilot program to explore the benefits of Child Centered Play Therapy in a refuge setting and continues to explore the efficacy of such an approach with children who have been impacted by family violence.

Christine has a strong passion in this field and reflects warmth and empathy when working with children and their families. She strives to work holistically to include their parents and family in the healing process and is strong advocate for Child/Parent (Filial) Therapy. Christine works with children impacted by life events such as parental separation/divorce, peer/ social issues, bullying, and grief and loss that can lead to a wide range of emotional, developmental and behavioural difficulties.

  Christine also assists with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, anger management and relationship counselling for adolescent’s and adults.

In addition to her own children, Christine credits her inspiration to her clinical supervisor, Dr Bill Nordling, a world leader in Play Therapy.  Having witnessed first hand the transformative power of Play Therapy for children, Christine can’t imagine working in any other modality with children and strongly advocates a Non Directive, Child Centered approach to Play Therapy.