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Tamsin Vallaro

Tamsin Vallaro

Hi! Thank you for visiting my website.  My name is Tamsin Vallaro and I am a qualified Social Worker specialising in counselling (adolescents and adults) and play therapy.  First and foremost, I enjoy being a wife and also a mother to two beautiful children, my step-son Alesandro and my daughter Giuliana.

I have been practicing social work since 2011 and opening a private practice has always been a dream of mine, thank you for supporting me. I am registered with the SACSSP (South African Council for Social Service Professionals), SAASWIPP (South African Association of Social Workers in Private Practice) and BHF (Board of Healthcare Funders).

In 2007 I started studying Social Work (BSW) at the University of Pretoria and completed my BSW with Honours in 2010.  During this time, I completed all my practical work with children and adolescents, as well as a year-long internship where I worked with children aged 6 – 14.  In 2011 I decided to embark on a Masters in Play Therapy and completed this degree in 2014.  My Masters Dissertation focused on bullying and cyberbullying, this being a pertinent topic and a very real challenge faced by our children and adolescents today.

Over the years I have also attended various courses and training sessions to develop my skills and further my knowledge in working with children, adolescents and adults in counselling.

I find it extremely rewarding to work with people, from toddlers to adults.  There is just something special about each and every phase of life.  Toddlers and small children need help in understanding their worlds and their emotions, through play therapy, this is made possible as children communicate through play.  Adolescents are on a journey of self-discovery sometimes complicated by overwhelming life tasks and emotions.  Adult life becomes further complicated by relationships, family demands, finances, career and work stress with underlying childhood trauma or other trauma that has not been resolved.

People of ALL ages can benefit from some form of counselling, it is an opportunity to be heard in a non-judgemental setting, where you have the space to be accepted just the way you are.