Expressive Therapy SA / The WOW Sensory Centre


Expressive Therapy SA / The WOW Sensory Centre

Practitioners at this location

Mr Shane Fotheringham

Psychotherapist

Family Therapist and Systemic Practitioner and Registered SW. Expertise in working with individuals and families to help improve functioning and resolve a wide range of problematic issues that are impeding wellbeing

Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham

Psychotherapist

Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham is the founder of Expressive Therapy SA, which was born out of Paula’s love of working with early and primary years children – supporting them to reach their developmental milestones and helping them process their worries and enhance their emotional wellbeing. Paula specialises in supporting children who have experienced traumatic events, have extreme difficulties forming relationships, or are low or non-verbal. Paula has worked in a wide range of child-focused settings – as both a child development specialist, a child psychotherapist and in managerial capacities. These include at Yourtown in the Early Child Development Program, in various Child and Adolescent Mental health services (CAMHS) in the UK, in inpatient psychiatric services and residential units. Paula holds a range of Masters level qualifications (Arts Psychotherapy, research, CBT) and has additional training in trauma related dissociation, EMDR, EFT, Clayfield, play therapy, Learn to Play program and the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). Together with her clinical work, Paula has worked as an educator in Expressive Therapies in both the UK and Australia for the past 10 years. Holding the post of Head of Faculty at the Ikon Institute and later Program Coordinator for the Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Adelaide. ETSA welcomes the opportunity to host students on placement. Outside of work Paula enjoys being a parent, getting outdoors as much as possible – bike riding and walking her dog and drinking great coffee! She shakes stress off using martial arts, painting and settling into a good novel.
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Rana Kokcinar

Psychotherapist

Rana Kökçinar is a PACFA registered psychotherapist, and works with children and families, using expressive modalities to create opportunities for a safe, engaging and enthusiastic experience of therapy. She especially likes working with children who enjoy movement based play, narrative-style play, and using creative metaphors to facilitate dialogue with teenage clients. An important aspect of Rana’s work involves working collaboratively with families in a way that validates power injustices and systemic oppression, while striving to create opportunities for families’ strengths and important values to also come forward. She strives continuously toward cultural democracy and humility in her work. She is a passionate member of the LGBTQIATS+ community, and welcomes clients from all walks of life. Rana has experience in providing counselling to young adults at the University of Adelaide College, and provided psychotherapy for adults and children in distress at the Humane Clinic, and is currently a volunteer at the Just Listening Community. Rana is passionate around subjects of critical psychology, climate change related distress, decolonising and anti-oppressive methods and qualitative research in psychotherapy. Rana has a background in medical science and public health research. She completed her Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from The University of Adelaide. Here, she received the Adelaide Graduate Award for her co-curricular work and volunteering, and was the MCP representative on the School of Public Health Board. Outside of her work, she enjoys yoga, bike riding and dancing.

Ryann Thompson

Psychotherapist

Ryann is a PACFA registered psychotherapist with a master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Adelaide. Ryann enjoys working with children of all ages and their families. She uses expressive modalities to create a child-centred, non-judgemental, and fun space for all her clients. Ryann’s gentle and nurturing approach to therapy allows her to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to build resilience and happiness. Further, Ryann believes in utilising the power of play to better help a child communicate their feelings and experiences. She loves watching a child’s creativity and imagination grow. Ryann also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and she has previously worked as a registered nurse in mental health at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto, Canada. As a registered nurse Ryann cared for a variety of mental health presentations. Ryann has experience serving various populations including children, adults, individuals with disability, and individuals in aged care facilities. She is also an accredited Safe and Sound provider. This well-rounded background has allowed her to build a holistic understanding of mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Ryann recognises how difficult it can be to take that first step toward seeking help for yourself or your child, and aims to always meet the client where they are at in their journey. In her down time, Ryann enjoys the outdoors, playing sports, running, baking, and music.
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