By Danielle Galvin
Tucked away from Nepean Highway in Brighton East, you could be mistaken for almost missing a quiet little hub of activity called Centre4Life.
There, director Louise Johnson runs her psychology practice, 4thought Psychology. By converting an original home into therapeutic rooms, she was able to create an inviting and warm environment for children, families and adults.
In 2020 a beautiful studio “centre4life” was built amongst the therapeutic gardens of 4thoughtpsychology, which was designed specifically for children and families: with basketball ring, trampoline, a fairy garden, cubby house, veggie patch and their special furry and feathery therapy friends bunnies and chooks.
“What I found as a psychologist was that there weren’t many therapeutic environments when children saw a psychologist and to incorporate creative therapeutic experiences. So part of the whole ethos of 4thought Psychology and Centre4Life is being able to provide this beautiful space which is welcoming and inviting.”
While the space was originally intended to be purely therapeutic for the families who visit, she sees it as a hub for the local community.
“I wanted it to be like a family hub, we all belong to a family,” Louise said.
“Having my child’s birthday party here in December last year, all of the mums said to me this is amazing, you should do something with this space.”
With that in mind, Louise opened up the studio and gardens to celebrations and birthday parties. She wants to ultimately take the stress out of hosting, knowing mums want to create beautiful family memories but can be overwhelmed playing host at home.
Now, the venue is also open and available for children’s parties, birthdays, celebrations and family gatherings.
The studio also sees yoga classes, kanga training classes, parent groups, women’s groups, first aid courses for families, early parenting support and available to rent for professional functions, seminars, workshops etc.
“There’s kind of an endless list of community support groups and functions that I want to be able to provide here,” Louise said.
“The design and thought that has gone into the environment creates a calmness and space for families to share memories of being connected in ‘Centre4Life’.“
Visit https://www.centre4life.com.au/ for more information.