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Creative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Child-Centred Psychotherapy. Socio-Emotional Assessments. Supervision. Training.

Dr Tanya Robinson

B.A. (SW) (US) M.S.D. (UP), N.E.C. (UNISA), A.H.S. (UNISA), D.Phil. (US), Ph.D. (NWU), Ph.D. (UCT), Ph.D. (UNISA), Reg. M. (UNSW).

Medicare Provider Number: 604130Y

At the Therapy RoomTanya wants you to feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. It is a welcoming and private space created in Adelaide’s CBD that allows patients, especially our patients of tender years to share their story in confidence and get the help they need. Dr Tanya Robinson is a specialised Mental Health Social Work Practitioner registered with AASW, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, and a specialist in child psychology. She obtained training in Child-Centred Psychotherapy and NICHD protocol interviews. Tanya has extensive knowledge and experience in assessments. She is a registered and accredited mediator with NMAS. She is based in South Australia with a bespoke tailoring approach to working Psychoanalytically. A bespoke tailoring approach to psychoanalysis is a contemporary approach to working psychoanalytically. A deep love and respect of the history and tradition of psychoanalysis are tempered with an appreciation for the numerous evidence-based therapies that have been developed more recently. A child-focused approach is taken in all therapeutic work done with young people to provide children with a voice.

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  • Registered Master of Forensic Mental Health (School of Psychiatry) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the University of South Africa.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Cape Town.

  • Philosophiae Doctor in Social Work from the North-West University.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Stellenbosch.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of South Africa.

  • Magister Socialis Diligentiae (Cum Laude) in Social Work from the University of Pretoria.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Stellenbosch.

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Psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-orientated therapy) is the interpretation of mental and emotional processes. Psychodynamic psychotherapy aims to address the foundation and formation of emotional processes. Psychodynamic psychotherapy allows people to gain insight into their lives and present-day problems. They also evaluate patterns people develop over time. Life factors are reviewed with a person in therapy, exploring emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs. Recognising recurring patterns can help people see how they avoid distress or develop defence mechanisms to cope. This insight may allow them to begin changing those patterns. The therapeutic relationship is central to psychodynamic psychotherapy. 


Psychodynamic psychotherapy relies on the therapeutic alliance to work. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is available to adults, children, couples, families, and groups. Dr Glen Gabbard, professor of psychiatry and psychoanalysis at Baylor College of Medicine, has called the therapeutic alliance the “envelope” within which psychodynamic psychotherapy occurs.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic, trauma and stress-related physical ailments, and the benefits of the therapy grow after treatment has ended. Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.

At the Therapy Room, we use Creative Psychotherapy. We apply the principles of neurobiology to play and narratives and use expressive art-based practices in therapy to explore distress and trauma. The Therapy Room wishes to introduce a creative focus into practice to work in a more attuned and informed manner with child, adolescent, and adult clients.

Children with a poorly organized cortex and a highly reactive stress response are least able to benefit from top-down approaches and benefit from the safety provided by the use of developmentally appropriate play and creative interventions that allow for the safe processing of implicit, embodied memories. Clients with an insufficient capacity to stay regulated are easily triggered into states of hyper-or hypo-arousal when they experience fear, triggers to previous stressors or simply a novel situation that provokes anxiety. The ‘window of tolerance’ (Siegel, 2012) refers to the zone of optimal autonomic and emotional arousal, within which the system effectively processes internal and external stimuli. A therapeutic aim is to expand the size of this window so that the client can develop the capacity to deal more effectively with stressors while remaining regulated (Prendville & Howard, 2017).

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Child-Centred Psychotherapyfocuses on children’s emotional experiences.

Child-Centred Psychotherapy can be helpful to a child in a variety of circumstances

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Contact us

Contact hours Monday - Friday 09h00 - 16h00

Tel: 0434 375 147