Possum House

Child and Family Counselling and Therapy

At Possum House we are a team of specialist child therapists with extensive experience delivering support to children and their families. We have therapeutic spaces in Warrnambool Portland and Hamilton and offer counselling, play therapy, parenting support and skills development. Possum House has been developed to meet the diverse needs of all children (up to the age of 12) their families and carers, offering age-appropriate and evidence based interventions. 

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Possum House helps children to overcome challenges and develop the confidence to reach their true potential.
Our committed and experienced team consist of Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, and Music Therapists offers the following targeted programs:

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Holistic NDIS support

Specialised service incorporating parenting support, mental health intervention, social navigation support and play therapy for children accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Social Connection Groups

Small social connection groups for autistic / neurodivergent primary school age children facilitated by our therapists and neurodivergent mentors.

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Psychological Counselling for 8-12 year olds

Focused psychological interventions for tween aged children. Due to high demand unfortunately this waiting list is closed.

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Child Mental Health and Trauma Service

A play based and attachment focused therapy service for children aged under 12 who present with difficulty in managing their emotions, are worried or sad, or have experienced some form of trauma or loss. Due to high demand we are only currently accepting referrals from support agencies / family services

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Clinical Supervision and Case Consultation

Clinical supervision is a integral part of developing and maintaining high quality ethical practice for many allied health and welfare professionals. Possum House offers this service to other professionals locally face to face or via videoconference

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Nicky Trussler

Senior Therapist / Accredited Mental Health Social Worker / Registered Play Therapy Supervisor

Paulaida Fitzsimmons

Senior Therapist / Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

Semantha Van Jaarsveldt

Social Worker

Rahman Gray


Rachel Reynolds

Provisional Play Therapist

Beth Hall

Admin Assistant

Beth does an amazing job organising everyone!