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Sydney Centre for Creative Change

is a leading provider of continuing professional development in creative therapies in Australia.

Sydney Centre for Creative Change

Sydney Centre for Creative Change is an Australian based training organisation that provides high quality experiential training and supervision to small groups of counselling professionals and students. Training is currently offered in a range of creative therapies, including art and play, music, storytelling, sandplay and art therapy and is suitable for clinicians working with clients from all ages and with a range of presenting issues. Most creative therapies are suitable for working with clients in both individual and group settings.  The evidence-based, experiential, skills-based training makes it highly suitable for Continuing Professional Development for psychologists, social workers, counsellors and other mental health care and case workers.

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We are passionately committed to the principles of reflective and experiential learning in adult education.  We believe that people learn best when they:

  • Are ready and interested in learning
  • Can directly apply what they are learning
  • Are personally engaged
  • Are known
  • Have their learning styles understood and catered for
  • Feel safe and supported
  • Take sufficient opportunity to reflect
  • Are not being critically evaluated or judged
  • Have fun


What we stand for

Our mission is to ensure you get the best training possible in a stimulating, supportive environment. Our short courses reflect Sydney Centre for Creative Change's core capabilities and are designed to provide engaging, experiential learning of relevant theory and practical skill in creative therapies, designed and delivered by inspiring and experienced clinicans. I trust you will be personally and professionally well rewarded by joining our community.


We pride ourselves on educating and supporting competent and caring mental health care professionals.


Introducing the Training Team

Jacki Short

Registered Counselling Psychologist

Masters in Adult Education

Registered Play Therapist and Play Therapy Supervisor  - Australasian Pacific Play Therapy Association


headshotclear.png - largeJacki Short is the Owner and Director of Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She is a registered Counselling Psychologist with over twenty five years of clinical experience with children, young people and adults.  Her work involves counselling, supervision, education and research.


Jacki has worked in drug and alcohol agencies, hospitals and as a school counsellor before moving into private practice work in Glebe, Sydney. Her passion for working with children with play based therapies saw her train with Garry Landreth and others. 


As an experienced and Masters qualified adult educator, Jacki has trained thousands of students and course participants in Australia and internationally and remains committed to the safe and expressive growth of all those with whom she works. She gives her training participants practical, evidence-based techniques to help their clients talk about their lives more easily, feel better understood and find solutions that are right for them. Along with her    work, Jacki loves swimming in ocean pools, full moons, the colouring-in book craze and cake decorating.


Kim Billington

Masters in Counselling

Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Bachelors in Education


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Kim enjoys passing forward her ever-evolving counselling skills and knowledge, supporting and inspiring practitioners to discover their own style and ways to connect with their clients.


Kim’s current work includes child and family counselling, co-facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change programs and clinical supervising at Monash University.


Methods and tools in Kim’s therapeutic toolbox include, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, ACT, Creative Expressive Arts, Existential Therapy, befriending emotions using metaphors and storytelling, Tree of Life work and creative timelines to understand the life-long emergence of identity.


Kim has been facilitating groups and workshops about storytelling, parenting, emotional intelligence (ie.Tuning Into Kids) and creative therapeutic work for over 25 years.


Conference presentations include:

  • ‘Imagining the experience of an infant and meeting their needs after parental separation’ at 2017 FRSA Family Relationship Conference, Melbourne
  • ‘Story Medicine and the Healing Journey – with adults and children’ workshop at 2016 Sydney International Storytelling Conference
  • ‘Story Medicine’ at 2014 ‘Childhood Trauma: Understanding the Basis for Change and Recovery’ conference, Melbourne
  • ‘Stories in Therapy’ at 2014 Connections Conference
  • ‘Shame Shifting’ at 2012 PACFA Conference
  • ‘The Art of Storytelling’ at 2001 Early Childhood Matters Conference


Prior to this, Kim worked as a teacher using storytelling as a vital curriculum component in both state and Steiner schools.


Sharon Draper

Masters in Psychology

Sharon Draper is a psychologist who works from a person-centred approach. After qualifying from her Masters Degree in Psychology, she worked in a variety of settings including a pain clinic at a major hospital, a special needs school and a child assessment and therapy centre. She has also worked as a university student counsellor and lectured in psychological subjects to trauma counselling students at a tertiary college. She currently works in private practice and enjoys creative projects such as writing self-help childrens books and magazine articles.


Sharon provides a professional yet warm environment in both her counselling and training work that enables her clients to feel safe and have their voices heard. She feels it is a privilege to work with clients and uses different counselling techniques best suited to each unique client. These include such evidence-based approaches as cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy and play therapy for children. She sees families, child, adolescent and adult clients.

Sharon extends the collaborative way she works with her clients to the way she presents workshops and works with participants. Her workshops provide an educative, experiential learning and reflective space where each participant can contribute their thoughts in a safe, encouraging environment.


Alexis Greeves

Licensed Professional Clinical Counsellor in Minnesota, USA

Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor

Alexis is an Adjunct Professor at Gallaudet Universitys Counselling Department and Bethel Universitys Counselling Psychology Department, where she has been teaching play therapy for over 10 years. Her students include those in Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Clinical Psychology and Social Work.


Alexis is a co-owner of a play therapy private practice in the Twin Cities, Minnesota where she provides play therapy and sandtray therapy for children, adolescents and families in issues related to attachment disorders, divorce, grief, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety and others. She has over 15 years clinical experience.


Alexis was born in Australia and grew up in Southeast Asia and the US.  She enjoys reading, swimming and traveling the world.  She is living in Sydney, Australia for a year.


Natalie Mackenzie

Masters in Dramatherapy

Registered Dramatherapist

Natalie has always been fascinated at how role-play, stories and drama have the power to foster creativity, imagination, learning, insight and personal growth. Having obtained her Masters degree in Dramatherapy from Roehampton University in London, UK, she is passionate about empowering children and their families to cope with life's challenges in creative ways.


A registered dramatherapist with ANZATA (Australia and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association) and the British Association of Dramatherapists in the UK, Natalie has over 10 years' experience working with children who have experienced emotional trauma. She has worked in a therapeutic centre for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, grief and loss and is the founder of Playful Minds which provides individual and group dramatherapy programs to support children’s mental health.


Currently she is working with children whose parents are in alcohol and drug rehabilitation as well as providing individual and group dramatherapy programs to support anxiety, emotional regulation and social skills. Her creative approach supports children and young people in dealing with life’s serious stuff.




Susan Perrow

Masters in Education

Susan passionately believes 'stories know the way'! She has an extensive background in lecturing, consulting, writing and storytelling. Susan is based in Australia but travels internationally giving workshops and training seminars for teachers, counsellors and health professionals ? in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and China.


In 2000, Susan developed the first course on Storytelling for an Australian University (S.C.U.) and completed her Masters Research on Storytelling. She has received Australian Government funding to pilot creative courses and (storytelling) resources for children with challenging behaviour. Her work at a U.S. National Medical Conference - 'This Examined Life' - at Iowa University in 2013 was accredited by the AMA.


Susan writes, collects and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for the storyteller and listener a positive, imaginative way of helping resolve challenging situationsHer story work has led to the publication of two resource books in eight languages: Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour and Therapeutic Storytelling - 101 Healing Stories for Children (Hawthorn Press, U.K.). Today her time is spent writing, consulting with teachers, parents and therapists, and running workshops on therapeutic storytelling.


Sabina Rabold

Masters in Counselling, Dip.Hom., DRM

PACFA Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist


Sabina Rabold is a registered counsellor and psychotherapist with more than 17 years of experience primarily in private practice. She is the founder and director of Well for Life, Centre for Counselling, Mindfulness and Holistic Health in Crows Nest, Sydney and is an experienced lecturer, teacher and trainer in the fields of counselling, communication and leadership. A deep love for the creative, humanistic and contemplative traditions have shaped her therapeutic work and support her clients to grow and thrive while also nourishing her work.

Sabina is a senior academic teacher at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and conducts clinical supervision with therapists and student counsellors. With a life-long commitment to learning, Sabina has a number of graduate and post graduate qualifications including a Master of Counselling and Diploma in Buddhist Psychotherapy. A 30 year practice in meditation, with a particular love for the insight tradition, has led Sabina to teach meditation and mindfulness classes and retreats and she deeply appreciates the gifts of these practices in her therapeutic work. Combined with the various creative practices such as sandplay and symbol work her therapeutic approach offers a holistic pathway to discover and appreciate ones unique being and leads to deeper knowing, greater freedom and balance and inner peace.


Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam

PhD, MA(Hons), M Couns, BA (Psych)

Registered Music Therapist 


Kirstin is a registered music therapist, a social researcher and a registered psychotherapist/counsellor. She combines her music therapy practice with counselling and is also the co-director of Creative Horizons Healthcare.


Kirstin trained as a music therapist in the 1980's and studied psychology and ethnomusicology in the 1990's. In the first decade of this century, Kirstin studied counselling and completed research into the effectiveness of using creativity to benefit a wide variety of health conditions. Her PhD research demonstrated the efficacy of choir therapy for reducing major depression in middle aged adults in community based settings. 


She has trained as a singer and has formed four therapeutic choirs for reducing depression and anxiety in older people. Kirstin hoids a Masters (Honours) and a PhD and has extensive clinical experience in mental health, disabilities, aged care and palliative care.


Beate Steller

Masters in Adult Educaton

Bachelors in Social Worker


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Beate has always loved art, even as a small child, and nearly pursued a career in art when insteat, she decided to do nursing and then social work. She kept dabbling in it until a decade ago, when her mother died. She found herself naturally drawn back to art as a way to heal her loss and to come to terms with so many changes in her life. Now she uses art in her counselling work and with older people in aged care and palliative care.


Beate brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate also currently works as a Spiritual Care Team Leader in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for organizations including the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology, the Professional Development People and Lifeline Sydney. In the last ten years Beate has specialised in grief and loss education/counselling, transition counselling and applied mindfulness. She started her own inner work over three decades ago with Yoga and Vipassana and walked the Camino in Spain in 2015. She has been a board member of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009.


Beate has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral studies at Charles Sturt University. She continues to work with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beate also holds professional membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers, the N. S. W. Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.


Introducing the Admin Team

Janelle Symington-Good

Janelle joined the Sydney Centre for Change in January 2018 as part time administrative assistant.  Janelle brings years of management and organisational experience to the team and has a keen interest in mental health and well-being.

Interested in joining our Training Team?


Thank you for your interest in proposing a workshop for Sydney Centre for Creative Change. We are an Australian based training company committed to delivering high quality, skills-based, experiential training in creative therapies to mental health care professionals and students.


We are excited to be building a professional community of facilitators who can deliver high quality training in creative therapy. If you are an experienced and engaging workshop facilitator and you would like to join us, we would love to hear from you.



Excellence in professional development is an imperative and we welcome training facilitators who:

  • Uphold Sydney Centre for Creative Changes commitment to excellence in experiential education
  • Are friendly, professional and willing to share their expertise
  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience in professional practice
  • Are engaging, enthusiastic and value professional community
  • Have experience in workshop facilitation
  • Hold  a current professional membership of a relevant association, society or registration board (implies insurance)

Please send me an email to receive our detailed application forms and we will respond to you shortly.


Thanks again for your interest in training with us.

Helpful Links 

Singh, L.  Play used as therapy for active kids - Essential Kids


Short, J.  Play therapy - working creatively with children. InPsych June, 2015



Children who hear voices on All in the Mind

with Lynne Malcolm on RN

Sunday 26th March


Imagination is vital for children's development, but sometimes kids hear voices of characters who aren’t there—a new book helps kids understand what's behind these voices.