About Lani Castan
Lani Castan - Child Therapist
Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work, Advanced Clinical Training in Play Therapy
Member of Australian Association of Social Work (AASW).
Currently completing a Masters In Narrative Therapy from Melbourne University
Lani is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Play and Narrative Therapist and secondary teacher, who has been working with children, for the past 20 years. Since completing her social work degree, Lani has worked with young people and families in the human services field. Lani has worked as a coordinator of a grassroots service organisation in Melbourne that focused on family violence and sexual assault before moving into case management in the refuge system both in Victoria and Western Australia.
Lani's work within refuge centred on case management of women and children. Lani's approach aimed to help develop and acknowledge client's strengths. In her last role, Lani became child advocate at the refuge she worked at, focusing on children's processing of their trauma, and the provision of a safe space to express and process their emotions and their experiences.
Lani's interest in working with children lead her on a fascinating journey in furthering her theoretical knowledge of therapeutic interventions for children and the acquisition of skills to appropriately work with this group. Lani's personal philosophy of the importance of play for children and the vital role it has in children's development lead to her interest in Child Centred Play Therapy, which takes the view that within the safety of a strong and positive relationship, and with the use of empathy, non-judgment and unconditional positive regard, it is possible for every individual to reach his or her full potential and be the best version of themselves they can be. For children, play is natural and toys are their words. It is the perfect way for children to express their world and try out new ways of being, to tell their story and to feel supported.
Lani has completed Advanced training in Play therapy, through Play Therapy Australia and is currently undertaking a Masters in Narrative Therapy.
Lani offers play therapy and narrative therapy, as her primary modality of support. She provides support for parents and children at her clinic in Station Road Lani is an associate member of the peak body for play therapy in Australia, the Australian Play Therapy Association (APTA), and a member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW).