Elisha Whyley

Clinician at Play Therapy Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Child Play (Currently completing)
Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Handler
Graduate Certificate in Education (Autism)
Certificate of Therapeutic Play
Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy

Children’s Counsellor and Credentialed Play Therapist
Associate Member of the Association of Child Life Therapists Australia (formerly Australian Association of Hospital Play Specialists) 
Student/Provisional Member of the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association
Professional International Member of the Association for Play Therapy (US) 
Full member of the Association of Dog Pet Trainers.

Elisha has worked in the health sector for over 16 years, encompassing work with both adults and children in mental health and school settings. Elisha has worked in private practice, not for profit, outreach and the public sector. She has several years facilitating groups and outreach work. Elisha’s is on the committee for Court Dogs Victoria, enabling access to support dogs for victims or witness of violent crimes in a challenging court system.

Elisha’s approach to clients and new environments is creative and adaptive ensuring clients needs are meet in a way that creates safety and maximises potential for clients. She is passionate about implementing positive change in creative ways. As such, Elisha’s studies have led her down a dynamic path of Art therapy, Play therapy and more recently Animal Assisted Therapy. These are modalities Elisha can use interchangeably if needed by the client.

Elisha has an interest in neurodevelopment, neurodiverisity and trauma, and is constantly amazed how a child in play can explore and find resolution to many challenges. As a parent she understands that raising children is never linear, often challenging, and that parents and/or caregivers are instrumental in the progress made by the child in therapy; as such Elisha likes to build a strong therapeutic relationship with the parents as well as the child.

Elisha believes in a holistic, humanistic and child centered approach. She believes this approach can build resilience and confidence in children and can support them in navigating a world which can present many challenges to a child.