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Mary Weir

Mary Weir

Art Therapist

Hiatus Studio

I prioritise presence and authentic connection - using dynamic, adaptable, and client-led therapy methods. I trust participant expertise in their own experience, to know what approaches work best for them. Art Therapy supports unique and creative problem solving without requiring artistic 'skill'.
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Contact Mary Weir

M. 021 116 6565
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Practice Locations

Online therapy available.

Appointments

Kelburn: Monday / Tuesday 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Te Aro: Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm 

After-hours and Newtown by negotiation.

Fees

$100 - $150 per / hour according to services. 
WINZ clients welcome.
Payment prior to appointment. 
 

Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking
 

Cancellations

24 hour notice cancellation policy.
 


Client Types

Children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups.

 

Areas of Special Interest

Support for depression, existential anxiety, abuse & trauma, addiction, sex & sexuality, developmental challenges, attachment and relationship challenges - for children, youth, adults, LGBTQIA+, traditional & non-traditional partnerships / families.

 

Counselling/Therapy Services

No skill or previous experience with creative art is needed to benefit from Art therapy! 

I use verbal-reflection, combined with creative writing, visual art, dance/movement, drama techniques, and interaction with nature - to adapt to personal and expressive needs. Emphasis is on process rather than 'product', and I support your individual comfort and connection to the forms. Sessions may be primarily art-based or involve much more conversation than creation depending on the individual. 

Art Therapy can be highly supportive for those whom traditional talk-therapy has proven challenging, however it could benefit any-one of any age! 

Clients often express positive transformation in the following areas: 
Self-esteem and self-worth; Empathy, understanding and connection; Sense of meaning and empowerment; Self-expression, like setting boundaries or stating needs; Perspectives on past; Expanded future potential; Personal and social wellbeing. 

Young children and/or non-verbal clients may express similar experiences through: 
More frequent independent behaviour; Responsiveness and social engagement; Expanded expressive abilities; Increased calmness and harmony in relationship.

 

Counselling/Therapy Approach

Art Therapy is non-diagnostic, although I can co-create treatment plans and therapeutic approaches with those who have been given a diagnosis, to support their recovery in cooperation with mental-health or disability services. 

I have special interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) - based Art Therapy; as well as using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestault, Psychodynamic, Jungian and Mindfulness -based Art Therapies regularly. 

Personal feeling, thought, and behaviour, is inextricably linked to the wider social context. I think critically about the broader network of challenges affecting my clients, and seek to empower positive growth through this systemic lens.

  

Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Professionally Registered Art Therapist
  • Member Australian, NZ and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (MANZACATA)
 

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Art Therapy - First Class Honours)
  • Post Graduate Diploma Art Therapy
  • Bachelor of Arts (Circus & Physical Theatre)
  • Advance Diploma Visual Art
  • Certificate Adult Education
  • Certificate Yoga Instruction
 

Background and Experience

2017-2019 Art Therapy Private Practice with children, youth and adults. 
2018-2019 Specialty Art Therapist for sex-workers. 
2008-2016 Community Development and Social Circus facilitator with specialty populations including: Children with spectrum disorder & in foster-care, Youth 'at risk' & with development or learning challenges, women who have experience sexual abuse, Integrated abilities, and the elderly.