Amy-Lee Seward

B.Psych, Hons

Amy-Lee Seward is a registered Psychologist with 8 years’ experience working in the childhood trauma field, Out-of-Home-Care sector (OOHC), disabilities sector, and private practice. Amy-Lee is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer, and Supervisor-in-Training. 

Amy-Lee works from a trauma-informed and attachment-based framework and is passionate about strengthening the attachment relationship between a child and their parent. She has experience using Theraplay® with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, are in foster care, or who have been adopted, to support them to develop and strengthen relationships with their parents/caregivers. Additionally, Amy-Lee has extensive experience using Theraplay® to support children on the autism spectrum connect with their families and peers. 

Amy-Lee is also passionate about extending the Theraplay® community in Australia through training and being a part of The Theraplay® Australia Advisory Board.  Amy-Lee can be contacted by email [email protected]


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Melita Bond

Is a Group Theraplay ® Trainer. Since completing a Bachelor of Social Work in 2003, Melita has provided direct support and supervision in leading teams to assist individuals, families, educators and children within the Early Years, Family Services and community sectors.  Through her work in the early years at BCYF in regional Victoria, Melita was first trained in Sunshine Circles ® and Level 1 Theraplay & MIM in 2017/2018 and has since passionately integrated and embedded this knowledge and practice into her work with children and families, continuously inspired by the strong outcomes that are achieved.  Melita also works alongside Early Childhood Educators supporting the integration of Sunshine Circles group work into kindergarten settings.

Melita is a Certified Group Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer. 


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Alison Saxton

(PhD, B. Psych (Hons) MAPS)

is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience working in the child trauma field with health, statutory and non-government organisations.   Alison is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor-in-training. Alison works with children and parent/carers from out of home care, adoption, reunification and child protection contexts. Informed by trauma and attachment theories, she has integrated Theraplay® into her practice to provide reparative relational experiences in the treatment of child abuse and neglect.  Alison also provides professional supervision and consultation and is a lecturer in post graduate psychology programs at two Sydney universities.

Alison can be contacted on [email protected]


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Kate Lewer

B App Sci (Occupational Therapy), Grad Dip Ed,

is a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist and Expressive Therapist. Kate has worked in Mental Health for some 25 years. Kate was inspired after participating the first Theraplay® Trainings in Australia conducted by Phyllis Rubin in 2005. Kate incorporated Theraplay in her work immediately and commenced supervision with Dr Phyllis Rubin. Since then, Kate has worked tirelessly promoting and hosting Theraplay trainings in Australia. Kate is passionate about supporting others to integrate Theraplay and embrace the road to certification to spread Theraplay in Australia. Kate currently works at Nexus Primary Health in Victoria, Australia as Theraplay coordinator at Nexus.  Kate has extensive experience working in child and parent welfare/trauma and increasingly in bushfire affected families. Kate’s work is guided by deep principles of social justice and is committed to reconciliation with our First Nations People. 

Kate is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor.

Kate welcomes your contact on [email protected]


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