Our Team
Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham

Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham is the founder of Expressive Therapy SA, which was born out of Paula’s love of working with early and primary years children – supporting them to reach their developmental milestones and helping them process their worries and enhance their emotional wellbeing.  Paula specialises in supporting children who have experienced traumatic events, have extreme difficulties forming relationships, or are low or non-verbal.

Paula has worked in a wide range of child-focused settings – as both a child development specialist, a child psychotherapist and in managerial capacities.  These include at Yourtown in the Early Child Development Program, in various Child and Adolescent Mental health services (CAMHS) in the UK, in inpatient psychiatric services and residential units. Paula holds a range of Masters level qualifications (Arts Psychotherapy, research, CBT) and has additional training in trauma related dissociation, EMDR, EFT, Clayfield, play therapy, Learn to Play program and the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).

Together with her clinical work, Paula has worked as an educator in Expressive Therapies in both the UK and Australia for the past 10 years.  Holding the post of Head of Faculty at the Ikon Institute and later Program Coordinator for the Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Adelaide.  ETSA welcomes the opportunity to host students on placement.

Outside of work Paula enjoys being a parent, getting outdoors as much as possible – bike riding and walking her dog and drinking great coffee!  She shakes stress off using martial arts, painting and settling into a good novel.

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Rana Kökçinar is a PACFA registered psychotherapist, and works collabortively with children, adults, couples and families utilising Systemic Family Therapy and Expressive Therapy (including child-centred play therapy) to create opportunities for a safe, engaging and enthusiastic experience of therapy. An important aspect of Rana’s work involves working collaboratively with families in a way that validates power injustices and systemic oppression, while striving to create opportunities for families’ strengths and important values to also come forward. She strives continuously toward cultural democracy and humility in her work. She is a passionate member of the LGBTQI+ community, and welcomes clients from all walks of life.

Rana has experience in providing counselling to young adults at the University of Adelaide College, and provided psychotherapy for adults and children in distress at the Humane Clinic. Rana is passionate around subjects of critical psychology, climate change related distress, decolonising and anti-oppressive methods and qualitative research in psychotherapy.

Rana has a background in medical science and public health research. She completed her Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from The University of Adelaide where she received the Adelaide Graduate Award for her volunteering and co-curricular work, and was awarded dux in Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health. Outside of her work, she enjoys yoga, bike riding and dancing.


Shane Fotheringham is an experienced registered Social worker with many years of practice relating to children and families and is trained as a Family Therapist and Systemic Practitioner. Shane works directly with individuals and families and oversees Family Therapy practice at Expressive Therapy SA.

Shane’s extensive experience includes working with complex behavioural and emotional issues and dysregulation in children, inclusive of children who have attracted one or multiple diagnoses. This includes working with children identified as Neurodiverse (Autism, Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)). Shane also has experience of working with individuals, couples and families where there are general anxiety disorders and depression, issues of grief and loss, Alcohol or Drug use, complex mental health matters and with families where there are co-morbid issues.

Shane works systemically with individuals, families and the wider community, with a key focus on exploring relational patterns, how they may be sustaining problems and what strengths can be utilised to address these. As well as the above Shane’s interests include working with couples to help solve issues of conflict and improve relationship functioning.

Originally from the UK Shane spent several years working with children and families from various cultural backgrounds where multiple complex issues needed to be worked with. Shane’s practice is trauma-informed and routed in theories of human development and growth across the whole of the lifespan which is interwoven into his family therapy practice. Shane is also a Lecturer and Course Coordinator at the University of Adelaide’s post-graduate programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Due to teaching and research commitments Shane works with a limited number of clients, bookings are essential.

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Mary Patrinos enjoys working with young children and understands the importance of play and playfulness. Trained as an occupational therapist and psychotherapist, Mary understands the “occupation” of young children is play, learning and self-care. She enjoys using play, creative activities, music, and storytelling to help children build the foundations they need for future independence, socialisation and success in school and work.

Mary has extensive experience and enjoys working with families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She has volunteered at Lifeline and the Australian Refugee Association and has worked in the areas of acute care, community rehabilitation, crisis support and intervention and behavioural therapy.

Mary is a published children’s author, and has a Master in Occupational Therapy, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and a Master in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a registered occupational therapist with AHPRA and a member of OTA.

Mary delights in chatting and patting the neighbourhood dogs that take their owners for daily walks up her street. She is on first name basis with most of them, though she can never really remember their owners’ names. Other interests include facetime with her nephews, cartwheels on the beach, swimming and immersing herself in clay to create many wonky pots and other joyful imperfections.

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Marissa Coleman is a registered psychotherapist with PACFA, having completed a master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Adelaide. Marissa holds a certificate in Child-Centred Play Therapy and a bachelor in Psychological Science. She is an accredited Safe and Sound provider for the Safe and Sound protocol delivered here at Expressive Therapy SA.

Marissa has over two years’ experience working in the Playford area providing therapeutic interventions to children who have experienced trauma, anxiety, developmental delays and difficulties regulating their emotions. She utilises expressive therapy modalities and a play-based approach to remain child-focused in her work. Marissa understands that play is a child’s natural language and is an effective way for children to express their emotions and internal world. She loves watching her client’s grow, find their strengths and resilience, and build up their social and play skills through expressive therapy. Marissa is passionate about early intervention and providing therapeutic support to youth and marginalized demographics.

Marissa provides therapeutic services across a range of environments, including the city office, home visits, or outreach at childcare, kindergarten or school. She supports the assessment of current developmental state, highlighting strengths and addressing barriers to reaching developmental milestones.

In her down time, Marissa enjoys hot yoga, hiking, beach walks, reading a good book and snuggling up with her kitten!

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“(Our child’s) time with Paula is never enough and he never wants it to end. We all love her so much.”

Parent, Southern suburbs.

“Very pleased with the support our daughter has been given… very good communication”.

Parent, Western suburbs

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Adelaide CBD
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Adelaide 5000

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250/252 Curtis Road
Munno Para SA 5115

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19 Stanley St
Morphett Vale SA 5162

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Expressive Therapy SA acknowledge that the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, have always been creatively expressing, supporting and caring for community on these lands. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. 

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