Registered Counsellor, Early Childhood Educator, and Child Development Specialist. Passionate about Play Therapy (Interplay and CCPT), Family Therapy, and Creative Counselling.
Nikki Burgess joins us with over 20 years extensive experience working with children and families across multiple early childhood education settings. Nikki has also worked in behaviour support for children with additional needs and trauma and coordinated support programs for at-risk children and families with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Here she learnt the value of forming collaborative relationships with families and became an advocate for the incredible power of play and creativity.
Nikki lives with her partner David, their 4 wonderful children, Stella, Max, James, and Ruby, and a crazy mutt named Millie. She enjoys reading, practicing yoga, long walks, and is a little too obsessive about strong coffee. She is most passionate about community, listening to music, and all things cricket (but as a New Zealander, maybe don’t ask her about the underarm bowling incident!).
Nikki is a registered counsellor with specialist training in Interplay, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Creative Counselling, which is where her passion lies.
Nikki works with children and adults individually, runs family sessions, and therapeutic group programs. She works from a trauma-informed, creative, and brain-wise perspective, and her therapy focuses on attachment principles. She loves supporting parents and carers to discover and utilise their unique strengths and abilities, believing that we all hold within us the capacity for positive change!
Therapeutic Group Facilitator, Music Teacher, Music for Wellbeing, Sound Therapy, and Kids Yoga Specialist.
Marita Bajurnow is passionate about music, singing, drumming, mindful movement, creativity, play, self-expression, and empowerment. Marita particularly loves working with children, families, and women.
Marita has degrees in Performing Arts and Teaching, and further training and qualifications in Sound Therapy, Kids Yoga, Drum Therapy, frame drumming, and singing.
She has over 20 years of experience in teaching, songwriting, performing, and facilitating creative wellbeing groups. She inspires individuals and groups through individual voice coaching, choral direction, classroom music education, and flash mobs.
Marita specialises in helping people reconnect to their creative voice and its unlimited creative potential in the world. She has extensive experience running therapeutic music for wellbeing groups in the community and in schools.