Rachel Baker

Arts Therapy

I welcome you into a collaborative and creative partnership to explore, express and reflect on what’s challenging for you and create pathways to meaningful change. Arts Therapy invites you to develop a wider range of ways to understand yourself and your situation – engaging not only your mind but your senses, your emotions, your body, your beliefs and intuitions.

You don’t need to be ‘creative’ to do arts therapy. It can be particularly useful if what you’re up against feels hard to access or unknown. Perhaps you struggle to communicate verbally, long to reconnect with your own creativity or feel stuck trying to ‘figure it out’ mentally?

Working together may look like exploring your experience through discussion, story, metaphor, visualisation, embodiment and imagination. It may also involve different art processes such as painting, writing, movement, sculpture, ritual, craft or engaging in nature. We may reflect further on these processes through discussion, more making or using the body to harvest new understanding.

Arts therapy can help you:

  • Identify, explore and express disallowed, difficult or overwhelming feelings
  • Build perspective and insight into patterns, relationships and blocks in your life
  • Process difficult experiences or trauma
  • Find compassion for and value in yourself and your situation
  • Recognise and develop your own inner resources to meet life challenges
  • Affirm and explore your identity
  • Find enjoyment and relaxation
  • Feel listened to and valued.

I’ve had experience working in tertiary and creative education supporting people through big life transitions, loss, depression, anxiety, identity formation, gender exploration, LGBTQIA+ questions  and relationship difficulties.

I work to affirm, respect and understand your own experience of gender, sexuality, oppression, culture and spiritual beliefs.

FAQs

Q Availability?

I currently work on Monday afternoons, Tuesdays and Thursdays before 6pm.

I can also offer online sessions.

Q Fee?

I charge $120 for a 60 minute session.

Q Frequency of work together

Generally I recommend we meet on a weekly basis for a 60-minute session. This consists of 55 minutes of therapy and 5 minutes for rebooking and other organisational matters. The frequency and number of sessions may vary depending on your needs and hopes. We can discuss this at our initial appointment and continue to revisit this during our work together.

Q Registration?

I am a Professional Member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA).

Q Background and Qualifications

My background is in Theatre and the arts before shifting into facilitation of Mental health first aid and then studying and practising arts therapy.

- Master of Arts (Arts Therapy), Honours, (Clinical).
- Advanced Diploma ( Entertainment Technology)
- Bachelor of Arts (Theatre/German)