Katherine Olejniczak

Katherine Olejniczak is Director of Psychology and Play Therapy Australia. She is an experienced psychologist, play therapist, supervisor, trainer, consultant, mentor, and leader, and a published author.

Her specific interest areas include childhood trauma and recovery; play therapy; and interpersonal neuroscience; and integrating interpersonal neurobiology into play therapy process, supervision and leadership development.

She has published work around the Play Therapy Dimensions Model – Revised (2019), and cognitive reprocessing in play therapy with traumatised children (2022).

Katherine is committed to the growth of play therapy in Australia, and is a respected leader in this field.

Katherine has extensive experience in the provision of therapeutic services to children and families, and the systems around them, in the areas of abuse related trauma, family violence, grief and loss, and drought and bushfire disaster recovery. She has worked extensively with children involved with child safety services and living in out of home care.

In addition to her work with children, families and systems, Katherine is also experienced working with adults, with key interest areas being perinatal mental health and support of first responders and their families.


  • Organisation: PTAUS
  • Membership Number: 200810421
  • Town: Old Beach
  • County: Tasmania
  • Country: Australia

Qualification: Accredited Play Therapist

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