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The Together 4 Kids Team

Clare Aquilina


Tonia, Team Leader

Tonia is a clinical family therapist working in Adelaide. While completing her undergraduate studies in psychology and anthropology Tonia enjoyed a privileged opportunity to study and train in an adult mental health unit of a public hospital for 4 years. Tonia moved to Adelaide to pursue post graduate studies in Developmental Trauma and Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. The coordinator of the Family Therapy in SA Network as well as the Secretary of the South Australian branch representative of the Australian Association of Family Therapy Tonia is passionate about the development of family therapy in South Australia. Tonia also teaches South Australia’s only accredited Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic.

Niki Gelekis_Aug 2016Niki, Clinical Supervisor

Niki is a dynamic and passionate clinical supervisor with a background in holistic health, education and counselling.  Niki has worked therapeutically with children and families for over eight years before joining the Together 4 Kids team.  Her compassionate work with children is guided by Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Approach, Attachment Theory and Trauma-Informed practice. Bringing a commitment for working with the Aboriginal community and supporting mums and children, Niki’s experience in using expressive art therapies provides a safe and culturally appropriate space to supporting children and families.

Clare AquilinaClare, Senior Children’s Therapeutic Worker

With a background in social work and a strong commitment to social justice particularly for Indigenous Australians, Clare has experience as a support worker in mental health.  Privileged to spend time in Cambodia volunteering in therapy with children, Clare also spent time as a teacher’s aid in Calcutta for children with cerebral palsy. Clare enjoyed working with young people seeking asylum who were in detention in remote Perth and families in community detention in Adelaide.

David Lister

Dave, Senior Children’s Therapeutic Worker – Occupational Therapist

Dave is an Occupational Therapist with a background in counselling, mental health, youth work and outdoor recreation. Dave is one of T4K’s longest serving team members and has extensive experience in providing therapeutic counselling and group work programs to children. Dave designs and develops resources and group work facilitator manuals drawing on theories of art and play therapy and incorporating a sense of fun, ensuring that children not only receive the therapeutic support they need but that they also enjoy their time with the therapist. Dave focuses on supporting parents to be the best they can and for children to heal and thrive.

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Amanda, Children’s Therapeutic Worker

Coming to the community services sector from a successful career in retail management, Amanda’s ability to connect with young people is her strength. Energetic and passionate about working with the most vulnerable, Amanda is instrumental in the development and facilitation of therapeutic group programs for Together 4 Kids.

Chloe Watchel

Chloe, Children’s Therapeutic Worker

Chloe has continued her graduate studies in psychology obtaining a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Combining a range of clinical methodologies, Chloe provides a creative and playful therapeutic approach when engaging and working with the community’s most vulnerable children.

Nicole RollbuschNicole, Children’s Therapeutic Worker, Berri and Riverland Outreach

After completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Nicole has continued her postgraduate studies through studying a Masters of Social Work. Based in rural Berri, Nicole uses a play-based and creative trauma-informed approach with children and families from all Riverland towns. Nicole has also completed training to become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and brings this special program to parents and babies locally across the Riverland region.

KerrynKerryn, Coordinator Infant Massage and Early Parenting Educator

As a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with Baby In Mind (formally International Association of Infant Massage), Kerryn delights in being present the moment a spark of inspiration occurs. With a background in Parenting, Childbirth Education, Midwifery and Nursing, Kerryn is an experienced coordinator and facilitator in Infant Massage, facilitating group programs with parents of children 0-4 years.  A jack of all trades, Kerryn’s dream is to continue travelling the world sitting down locally with babies powerfully placed as teachers and parent as the experts.

ThuyThuy, Children’s Therapeutic Worker

Thuy has experience as a community rehabilitation worker with clients who have experienced mental health issues, as well as experience as a youth worker. She is currently completing a masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy at The University of Adelaide. Thuy enjoys utilising play therapy and strives for positive outcomes in her work with children.

Chloe Pligl the dog

Chloe, Labradoodle Therapy Dog

Chloe is a 2 year old, chocolate Labradoodle that has been trained and certified as a Therapy Dog. Together with her handler (and Mum) Mel, she builds special bonds with children as a part of therapeutic interventions to support them towards their goals. Sometimes Chloe’s job is merely to be a calm and comforting presence during sessions, and other times she has a much more active role in therapeutic activities, games and discussion.

Melissa JonesMel, Children’s Therapeutic Worker, Animal Assisted Therapist

Mel has completed her degree in Psychological Science, and has since specialised with post-graduate study in childhood developmental trauma. She is now continuing her university studies in Psychology with the aim of becoming a Registered Psychologist. Mel has always had a great passion for working with children, with experience working in schools in special education and in a therapeutic foster care program as a mentor. Mel provides a playful and relationship-based approach using Animal Assisted Therapy, which incorporates a trained and certified therapy dog into session with the children she works with.

DebDeborah, Manager Child and Youth Services

As Manager of Child and Youth Services, Deborah oversees a number of innovate programs at Relationships Australia South Australia. In addition to Together 4 Kids, other programs include the education and counselling service supporting families through post separation – iKiDs, Indigenous Parenting Support Service in Northern Adelaide and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkunytjatjara (APY) Lands and the Statewide Youth Worker Training Program for Aboriginal youth workers.

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