Hello fellow parents. My name is Vicky Wallace and I would love to tell you a bit about myself and my experience. I am so excited to introduce Springfield Kids Play Therapy; a space for healing, creativity and growth for children and their families.
I am in my mid thirties and currently share my life with a husband, two young sons, a very anxious collie dog and two bunnies. We moved to Kelowna, from the Lower Mainland, In March of 2017 after trying to relocate here for several years. My parents have lived in Summerland for 15 years and we are so happy to finally be joining them in the Okanagan.
I have fifteen years of experience in group work and the child development field and twelve in counselling and support work with children and their families. I also have extensive multi-cultural experience and have provided therapeutic services to Aboriginal and refugee communities in BC. I have worked with foster children in care from Ireland and Uganda. Over 500 play therapy sessions later and it still amazes me to witness the transformations.
When we use our hands to tell a story through creative expression; We can bypass our insecurities and biases and begin to access our true feelings. This creates a profound sense of balance, alignment and authenticity. Everyone’s journey is different, and when we give children these tools, the sky is the limit! For us adults, most of our deeper issues will have roots from early childhood; so what better way to help ourselves than to nurture that inner child through play and give our younger self those same tools.
Education: I completed my B.A. in Child and Youth Care, specializing in Mental Health, at the University of Victoria. I received my training in Play and Expressive Arts Therapy from Roehampton University in London and Play Therapy UK. Other certifications include Motivational Interviewing, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and using Play with EMDR Therapy.