About Us

Our Therapist

Nicola Hockey 

B.Ed (MR)                                                        

Dip. Couns (MACA)                                      

Registered Play Therapist RPT-S:APPTA   

Certified Sandplay Practitioner                 

Certificate in Uncommon Hypnotherapy.  

Filial Therapist                                                


I have worked with children and their families for 40 years, as an educator and support for children with social, emotional, educational, disability and trauma backgrounds. This led me to further study and qualifications in Counselling, Sandplay and Play Therapy.

My aim is to provide an early intervention service for children that helps them develop the skills they need to move forward through their issues and to feel better within themselves. Although my work is mainly with children, adults and teenagers can also benefit greatly from Sandplay as a part of the counselling process. 

Private Practice Rooms

Mount Melville

Small Steps operates over two therapy practice sites. One is located at 414 Princess Royal Drive and accessed via Castle Street. This site has a fully equipped Play Therapy and  Sandplay room, and counselling facilities. Special events and workshops are also held here.

Brunswick Road

Our second site is at 137 Brunswick Rd, Albany. These rooms are also equipped for Sandplay, Counselling and Filial Therapy. These rooms are also suitable for older clients and adults.

Why Us?

Our passion at Small Steps is to provide therapeutic support that is most appropriate for children 4-12 and their families in the Albany region.