Welcome to Building Better Brains

Sian Chambers-Vallance – Clinical play therapist, creative counsellor, consultant and trainer, Parent educator, Yoga and Mindfulness teacher, Brain geek and Play and Creativity Advocate

Tony Vallance – Registered Counsellor, Secondary School Teacher, Australian Education Awards Teacher of the Year 2019, Victorian Excellence in Education Awards Finalist 2018, Drumbeat and Mindfulness Facilitator, Behaviour Support Specialist.

The Mission of BBB

In a world where change is the only constant, Building Better Brains Australia commits to growing capacity in the carers of our most valuable and vulnerable, our children.

The mission of Building Better Brains Australia is to engage, educate and empower parents, teachers and mental health professionals using evidence based strategies to help build better brains for the generation in our care.

We deliver brain wise, trauma smart approaches to teaching and learning with a focus on play, creativity and superskills. This is the cornerstone for building resilient, flexible and emotionally intelligent young minds that are capable, confident and creative.

We offer a range of one-to-one and group therapeutic services for kids, parents and families, plus training programs and workshops for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals.

Building Better Brains Australia is the love child of award winning husband and wife power team – Sian Chambers-Vallance and Tony Vallance.

Our Therapeutic Approaches

  • Play Therapy, Autplay®, Attachment Therapy, Interplay Therapy
  • Creative Arts Therapy, Lego & Sandtray Therapy
  • ACT, CBT and SBT
  • You Rock Therapy
  • Virtual Reality
  • Filial Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Kids Yoga

Our Services

  • One-to-one therapy sessions for children, teens, and adults
  • Family Counselling
  • Therapeutic group sessions
  • Workshops and training
  • Online courses and training

Companies We Have Worked With ​

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As Seen On

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Awards & Memberships

Golden Key International Honour Society Logo
Australian Counselling Association Logo
2019 Australian Education Awards Winner Tony Vallance
Australian Pacific Play Therapy Association
Certified Rainbow Kids Yoga Logo
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Next Steps??

Step 1: Join mini courses

LEARN HOW TO BUILD BETTER BRAINS with your choice of two FREE MINI COURSES – 1. How to Create a Meaningful Connection with your Child or 2. Connection Before Correction in the Classroom.

Step 2: Join Facebook Group

JOIN OUR ONLINE BUILDING BETTER BRAINS COMMUNITY of fellow world changers – made up of parents, educators and mental health professionals who are passionate about learning how to build better brains for the next generation in our care. We need your voice to be part of the conversation.

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You will receive a video each day in your inbox featuring a different therapeutic technique that you can practice at home with your kids. ​

Client Feedback!

“Sian's knowledge gained while delivering in excess of 25 years of classes and workshops in schools, kinders, and private groups – working with children and families to enhance self-esteem, self-expression, attachment and relationship building through creative arts activities (music, drama, yoga and mindfulness) – has been invaluable to our organisation”
-Phill McEvoy
I loved it! I found it very interesting (and confronting for personal reasons). I really want to see changes in schools and to be able to help as many kids (and adults) with trying to navigate learning and life. I really learnt a lot and am looking forward to learning more and seeing how the program goes once implemented.
-Nurture Groups Training Participant

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