Deborah, General Manager of Children’s Services
As General Manager of Children’s Services, Deborah oversees a number of innovative programs for Relationships Australia SA. As well as Together4Kids, there are services to support parenting, early intervention to improve the mental health of families with children aged up to 18 years and a program to support children to participate positively in schooling. Currently she is overseeing a pilot program that provides case management for families where there is need for support during pregnancy or there is an infant aged under 2 years. Advocating for a child focus approach to all community services work, as well as a particular interest in infant mental health Deborah has developed a range of professional development resources for front line and specialist workers.
Carolyn, Team Leader
Niki, 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 Together4Kids 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.
Chloe, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Chloe has continued her graduate studies in psychology obtaining a Master’s 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.
Thuy, Children’s Therapeutic Worker/Assessments and Groups
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.
Mulan, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
Mulan joined the T4K team after she finished her Counselling and Psychotherapy Master degree in the University of Adelaide. Prior to that Mulan completed her four years undergraduate study in the United States majoring in Psychology. Throughout all the theories and methodologies that Mulan has practiced, Narrative Therapy and Attachment theory are among her greatest passion. Mulan also facilitates positive relationships between children and their parents/caregivers in the therapeutic child-focused group environments. Mulan enjoys working with children of all ages. She is currently completing the Infant Massage course in order to better support parents and babies in an early stage.
Zainab, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Zainab is an enthusiastic and passionate Children’s Therapeutic Worker. Before and while completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, she worked primarily with Refugees and Newcomers in the capacity of supporting with settlement and participation in society while focusing on mental health and trauma. Since then Zainab has focused on working therapeutically with children, especially infants and toddlers. Her therapeutic practice is child and infant led, culturally sensitive and trauma informed. Zainab holds the belief that working with children is a privilege and will work alongside each child and explore with them ways to express themselves and have their own voice heard. In her practice she is committed to always learning and growing by being committed to research, training and consulting with other professionals in the field. Zainab is also working on her Yoga Teacher Training Course and loves to use yoga therapeutically with children.
Karina, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
A proud Yorta Yorta / Dja Dja Wurrung Koori woman currently living & working on Kaurna Country, Adelaide South Australia for the past 10 years. Karina’s professional background is in Early Childhood Education. Her passion is supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to grow their knowledge, skills & capacity through a trauma informed, holistic and strength based approach. Her favourite saying is “Knowledge is Power”. Given this, she is grateful to be in her role as the only Aboriginal Children’s Therapeutic Worker in the Together4Kids team and is honored to support families who use our service.
Daniela, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
Daniela has a background in working with children and families and after completing her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of South Australia, continued her practice in homelessness, working with vulnerable children and families. With the knowledge and skill set gained in this role, Daniela is now working as a Children’s Therapeutic Worker with Together4Kids where her passion to support vulnerable families continues in this role. Daniela’s passion lies particularly with connecting with families through the narrative and strengths approaches especially within culturally dynamic contexts including working with Indigenous families and other culturally and linguistic diverse groups. Daniela also facilitates positive relationships between children and their parents and caregivers in therapeutic, child-focused group environments and enjoys working with children of all ages and backgrounds.
Miriam Van Der Woude, Children’s Therapeutic Support Worker
Miriam has worked in Post Separation services, Community Engagement, and Education in various roles with Relationships Australia for over 10 years. Miriam has a background in Out of Home Care, Education, and Youth Work and strong community links with the dramatic and creative arts, and experience in caring and advocacy within the Disability sector. Currently working on her Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) she looks forward to continuing to develop her skills and experience in providing a supportive, engaging, and creative service to the people that she works with.
Sonia, Children’s Therapeutic Worker
Sonia studied a Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Counselling and has previously worked in schools which enabled her to develop her practice, working with children and young people. Sonia’s work is informed by a Narrative approach, Solution Focused Therapy and is Trauma Informed. She believes it is a privilege to journey with children and young people, hearing their story and noticing the knowledge and experience they have about their own lives. Sonia is passionate about working with children and loves to authentically engage with them in a curious and play focused way. She loves new learning and continues to upskill to enhance her practice.
Kerryn, 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.
Rita, Parenting Facilitator