Phoenix Place

Phoenix Place provides Mothercraft Nursing support for parents with little ones, plus broader parenting support and advice, specifically tailored to each unique family and situation.

Phoenix Place is a boutique service based in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire (NSW). They also offer Play Therapy and counselling, to provide children, teenagers and adults with the support they need to help get them back on their feet. Phoenix Place is a safe, non-judgemental space for self-expression and growth, run by mother-and-daughter team Kathy Stirrup and Alexandra Newmarch. Kathy is a woman with many hats – Mothercraft Nurse, Play Therapist, Counsellor, Artist, Mum, and Grandma, with childcare qualifications and experience as well. She is the founder of Phoenix Place, and has been working with children, adolescents, and their parents for over 30 years. Kathy’s comprehensive skill set enables her to provide a boutique, holistic service for parents experiencing difficulties with their babies and young children (such as feeding and sleep problems), working alongside them to grow their skills and confidence. By strengthening their core skills, knowledge and confidence, Kathy also helps to strengthen the family’s foundations, providing long term benefit for everyone. She also provides compassionate, supportive therapy for children, teenagers, and adults, for a wide range of difficulties. Kathy takes an integrative approach to therapy, utilising a range of approaches depending on the client and their situation.

Kathy is Mum to two grown-up children and one teenager, and grandma to baby Pipsqueak. When she’s not working, you can usually find her curled up in a chair reading, creating artworks (usually acrylics or watercolour), or working on her garden. Alexandra is a Registered Psychologist with post-graduate training in Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling, and Art and Play Therapy. She has worked in private practice and in schools across Sydney. In therapy, Alexandra uses a variety of techniques with clients, drawing from multiple therapeutic modalities, depending on the client’s strengths, interests, and situation, but she is especially passionate about using the expressive/creative arts (like writing, sand, and art) to encourage growth and flourishing. (See our website for more information on Alexandra’s qualifications and style of working.) Alexandra is Mum of baby Pipsqueak and wife of Tim. She loves reading, writing (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry), and exploring new creative challenges and projects.

Phoenix Place Blogs at The Nursery Collective:

Parenting An Anxious Child: What You Need to Know

Are Your Kids Overscheduled & Out of Balance?