Creative Child Therapy Workshops founders, Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett, are both experienced Clinical Psychologists who work exclusively with children, adolescents, and families. Like most experienced therapists, Fiona and Suzanne’s style is eclectic, drawing on a number of theoretical approaches. Their developmental approach is strongly influenced by their training in, and many years of using, cognitive behavioural therapy with children. A systemic family focus also guides their understanding of children and families and permeates their therapy. In addition, they draw on concepts and interventions from ACT and narrative therapy. Their emphasis is on using play to engage children and to introduce and allow children to explore therapeutic concepts.
Dr Suzanne Barrett
Since completing her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Child, Adolescent and Family Specialisation) in 2001, Suzanne has worked in a range of settings with children, adolescents and families, providing intervention for a broad range of psychological problems. This has included working with the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) outpatient team, as well as the Specialist Autism Team. Suzanne has a successful private practice in Melbourne, where she continues to enjoy providing assessments and therapy for children, adolescents and families, as well as supervision for other psychologists and clinical psychology registrars. Suzanne’s experience in supervision extends to hospital and university settings, and she also provides professional consulting services to not-for-profit and media organisations.
Dr Fiona Zandt
Fiona completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Child, Adolescent and Family Specialisation) in 2003 and currently coordinates the Specialist Autism Team at the Royal Children’s Hospital in addition to seeing children and families in her private practice in Melbourne. Fiona enjoys teaching in a range of areas, including child therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and anxiety. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Cairnmillar Institute and Swinburne University. Over the years Fiona has worked with children with a broad range of difficulties across a number of different settings, including working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as well as working in early intervention and special education.