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Child's Play - on the world stage

Singapore is the first move into the global arena for Donna Berry,  West Australian-based trainer, therapist, and owner of Play Therapy Australia and the Institute of Play Therapy.

Ms Berry, whose reputation for providing a therapeutic approach to reduce the effects of trauma in children using the acclaimed Child Centered Play Therapy approach, is earning international recognition. 

The introduction of workshops into Singapore follows the ever-increasing number of health and education professionals making the journey to Western Australia and requesting the training be taken to the lion Country.

“The demand for this form of intervention service will see us conduct the first workshop in Singapore from July and into 2016,” says Ms Berry who is intending to take this modality to other countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand. 

“Child-Centered Play Therapy is recognised for being a highly effective and dynamic approach of early intervention for children experiencing emotional, psychological, behavioural and or development difficulties,” explains Ms Berry.

“The therapist enters the world of the child, following the child’s lead, developing a safe place and a relationship of trust. It is here the child can express thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours through play, as the child’s natural language. 

 “Play Therapy can help youngsters experiencing aggression and acting out behaviours, ADHD, abuse and neglect, excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry and shyness, school difficulties, enuresis, encopresis, social adjustment issues, chronic illness, hospitalisation, surgery, physical systems without any medical cause, bonding and attachment, foster, adoption and identify issues, prenatal and birth trauma and near-death experiences,” insists Ms Berry

A social worker, Play Therapist and Play Therapy Supervisor as well as a clinical member of the Psychotherapist and Counsellors’ Association of Western Australia, Ms Berry has more than 20 years experience working with children and families within government and private practice using Play Therapy.


Having furthered her skills with attendances at the Association for Play Therapy USA conference and workshop series Ms Berry, having been under the guidance of Dr William Nordling - a world leader in Play Therapy, developed a special interest in Filial Therapy Child and Parent Relationship Therapy.


A founding member of the Australian Play Therapist Association (APTA) and a former Advisory Board member, Ms Berry is now the President of the Australian Play Therapists Association – the peak Play Therapists Association in Australia. 

For further information visit websites:

Play Therapy Australia:


The Institute of Play Therapy