Children, adolescents, adults.
Areas of Special Interest
Children and young people: anxiety, anger, learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
I work with young people who may suffer from anxiety, worry, loss or who struggle to control their anger. Often people I work with have been through traumatic experiences, but sometimes they are just looking to learn some more about themselves and develop a stronger sense of identity.
Using art as a counselling medium can be very helpful for people who feel unable to talk much about their experience. It is also an effective way of gaining insight into thoughts, feelings and experiences that lie at the heart of unhappiness. You do not have to be an artist to engage in Art Therapy, or even to be good at art. All you need is a willingness to try to visually represent some of your feelings or thoughts and to let the process guide you towards getting to know yourself better.
I have particular experience working with young people with special needs
, particularly those on the Autism Spectrum. Before I trained as an Art Therapist, I worked in education and educational psychology.
I also regularly run art-based support groups
to build confidence and resilience, develop social skills or to overcome specific challenges, such as dyslexia.
I use art based activities to help clients gain awareness of themselves and their experiences and how these are influencing their feelings and actions.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Art Therapist
- Member Australia New Zealand Art Therapy Association (MANZATA)
- NZCER Level C Assessor
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- MAAT Clinical
- Masters of Education (Psychology)
Background and Experience
I have several years experience working as an Art Therapist with children and young people. I have a background in education and training in Educational Psychology. I am currently completing training as sandplay practitioner.