Hello my name is Sarah Harwood. When I started teaching music at the age of 16 my students would often talk to me about difficulties at home or school. This inspired me years later to complete a Master of Arts in Counselling, specialising in marriage, children, and families. Since then I have enjoyed helping people discover their strengths to lead contented and fulfilling lives.

I love the work that I do. I believe in providing a safe and non-judgemental environment to all my clients. Building a relationship is my fundamental counselling approach and I enjoy forming trusting and genuine relationships with my clients. My counselling style is warm, accepting, and playful. I strongly believe that everyone can make significant progress in the counselling process. I am President of the Australian Play Therapists Association. I am also the founder of the Queensland Institute of Play Therapy, an organisation dedicated to teaching Play Therapy.

I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I understand parenting and relationship challenges. You will often find me outside with my children or my head in a good book (when I have time!).

My practice is backed by extensive training in expressive therapy such as sand play, art, and music. I have provided mental health therapy to young children, adolescents, adults and families.


  • Young children (0-6)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Children with Autism
  • Divorce
  • Couple Therapy
  • Child Centred Play Therapy
  • Women’s Issues
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Life Transitions
  • School Issues
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, & Postpartum
  • Parenting
  • Family Conflict
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Sexuality
  • Grief
  • Family Therapy


  • Master of Arts in Counselling: specialising in Marriage, Child & Family.
  • Registered Play Therapist.
  • Certified Synergetic Play Therapist.
  • Autplay Play Therapy Provider.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Bringing Baby Home Provider.
  • Various professional development certificates in areas such as suicide risk & assessment, Early Childhood Mental Health & Play Therapy.


I am currently under the professional supervision of Rosie Newman, RPT, RPT-S.