Professional Therapy and Support Services

At Nurturing Therapy SA, we provide specialist Play Therapy, Education, Mentoring, Skill Development, Support Work, and Therapy Assistant services, for children with additional needs and NDIS plans. We take the time to get to know each family and their situation, so we can provide the required care and support to improve each individual's outcomes.
Located in Mawson Lakes, we offer services to the local area and northern suburbs of Adelaide, and can provide therapy support to children at their home or in their education environment. 
All staff have an up-to-date DHS Working With Children Check (WWCC) and a Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide Clearance.

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy provides a safe space for children to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behaviours, develop problem solving skills, and learn a variety of ways to relate to others, all though the power of play. Play Theray is a child-centred, non-directive approach, where each child has the flexibility to explore and express themselves.
At Nurturing Therapy, we hold each child in the highest regard and support them as they progress through their therapeutic journey. During this therapeutic journey, children develop the ability to express emotions, enhance their communication skills, modify behaviour, discover problem solving skills, and process their inner thoughts and lived experiences.
We support children 2-10 years of age who are experiencing: grief and loss, separation and divorce, anxiety and childhood depression, attachment concerns, school difficulties, trauma, situational mutism, peer relationships, sibling conflict, and self-esteem and identity issues. We also support neurodivergent individuals.
We provide a mobile clinic, servicing the northern suburbs of Adelaide, which can be held at school, childcare and home.

Our Staff

At Nurturing Therapy, we have highly experienced staff, who cater to individuals with a range of differing needs.

Kate Love

Director, Play Therapist & Educator

Kate has worked in education and allied health for over 20 years and is passionate about improving the quality of care for people with additional needs. Kate specialises in Play Therapy and Early Childhood Education, tailoring programs to suit each child's needs and goals, which can be provided within the home, school, preschool and/or childcare centre. Kate can also implement other therapy programs, such as occupational therapy and speech therapy. In addition, Kate enjoys creating resources for individuals and organisations, including: sensory bags, visual schedules and emotional regulation charts.

Kate's services:

Play Therapy
Early Childhood Education
Resource Development

Kate's qualifications:

Master of Education (Leadership)
Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy Studies
Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood Leadership)
Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary & Primary)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Kate's additional courses / training:

Level 1 Theraplay & MIM
Neurodiversity Affirming Practice for Paediatric Allied Health Professionals
Anxiety & Autism
Supporting Autistic Girls & Gender Diverse Students at School & Beyond
Introduction to Family Centred Practice
Trauma Responsive Practice - Education
Basic Key Word Sign
Parenting PDA: Through Neuroscience & Compassion
Children's Self-Regulation
DIRFloortime 101

Kate's registration & membership:

Play Therapy Practitioners Association
Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

Dr Tom Putnam

Educator & Mentor

Tom Putnam is a registered teacher, mentor, musician, personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, who is passionate about supporting people from diverse backgrounds to improve their skills, confidence and outcomes.
Tom has taught Reception to Year 12, as well as at university, and completed a PhD focusing on social justice in education. For the last 20 years, Tom has worked with Aboriginal students and their families, as well as with children in care, students with additional needs and from trauma backgrounds. Tom has won the Nova Teacher of the Year award, an SA Government Public Education Award, and has supported numerous students to compete their SACE and progress into positive pathways.
Tom can provide support to children, young people and adults within following NDIS categories: Capacity Building, such as educator, mentoring, skill development & training, therapy assistant, transition through school and to further education; Core, such as support work and participation in community, and social and recreational activities. 

Tom's services:

Mentoring & Skill Development
Support Work
For example: education, health and fitness, planning and organising, finances, computer skills, social community access, transportation to appointments, music instrumentation, transition into further education, and implementation of therapy assistant programs.

Tom's qualifications:

PhD (Education)
Master of Education
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Music
Certificates 3 & 4 in Fitness
Community Coach

Tom's additional courses / training:

WHO Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0)
Life Skills Profile - 16 (LSP-16) Assessment
Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS)
Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS)
Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children & Adolescents (HoNOSCA)
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
Provide First Aid (HLTAID011)
Financial Literacy
Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) training
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Training
Working Together - Cultural Awareness Introduction
Introduction to supporting gender diverse, intersex and sexually diverse children and young people
An Introduction to Regulation
Protective Practices training
Berry St Education Model Leadership Program (trauma informed practice)
Mental Health First Aid training
Interoception training
Child Protection Curriculum training
SACE Community Learning Assessor

Tom's registration & membership:

Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
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