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.
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.
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)
- 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.