Debbie Seldon M.S
Let me start off by saying to all of our Camp Kiah friends - “we are in this together, I am with you every step of the way”.
I have worked extensively with vulnerable children and adolescents, both in Australia and internationally, over the past 15 years. My main interest and specialist area is working with people in trauma and those with challenging behaviour.
I am principle counsellor of Ladybug Counselling, this is a safe and special space where children can express their emotions, concerns, and issues, through a process that is not always verbal. Using expressive / play therapy process we tailor models to allow children to play in their own way. My practice is located at Bondi Junction, NSW.
I hold a Master of Mental Health Counselling and am currently completing my second Masters (Masters of Play Therapy) at Deakin University.
I have always had a love for most outdoor activities and sports, having started training at the age of 4, I have been considered a natural at both since an early age. I have further developed this passion over the years, working with people old and young, to gain a greater awareness of themselves, to lead better lives and become future leaders. I have now focused my work towards children, helping them to realise their true potential, particularly those that are often found in under privileged surroundings.
I also practice and teach Energetic Arts classes along with training workshops and weekend retreats.
I am your fun, playful therapist. The one who is always up for a silly game and I love to be around people who make me smile and laugh!
I have worked with children of all ages, experiences and abilities over the past few years and I am an APPTA Registered Play Therapist.
Having completed a Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy Skills, I am currently completing my Masters in Health and Social Development (Applied Sciences) at Deakin University, studying the effects of Play Therapy on children, who have a sibling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I also run my own private Play Therapy practice - Children at Play, located across Melbourne and Shepparton, VIC - www.childrenatplay.com.au
I have worked with children in Australia and internationally over the past 8 years. I graduated from Sydney University in 2009 and since then I have taught primary and secondary schools, I was a private tutor and child mentor in the UK, and even had a stint in North America as a children's ski instructor – that was great fun! I am really committed to the benefits of outdoor education and really believes it improves children's self esteem. My personality is one that really likes to challenge children and encourage them to surpass their own expectations of themselves.
Yoga Instructor / Coordinator
I have a real love of nature and a deep passion for the outdoors, I keep very busy trying out new sports and activities. Challenge me any time!
I graduated from the University Of Wollongong in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Arts (Psychology) and over the last 5 years I have worked, supporting young people with trauma background in both government and not for profit roles. I believe strongly in the learning and confidence gained from stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself, I am dedicated to helping young people find that for themselves.
From a very young age I have always had a passion to work with young people. This deep need, motivated me to complete my Cert IV in Mental Health and I went on to study for my Diploma in Community Services (Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs). I am enthusiastic about helping young people and pushing them to their full potential, to realise their own personal strengths and abilities that will inevitably give them the confidence to face society.
My ultimate dream is to work in an educational environment, with young children with Disabilities.