Rosa Heney

Arts Therapist

Arts therapy cultivates the healing powers of our imagination and can help in the process of creating resilience and managing change. I am a registered clinical arts therapist working on the West Coast of the South Island and provide a safe and respectful space to engage in therapeutic work.


Areas of Special Interest

  • confidence
  • chronic pain
  • emotional disturbance following trauma
  • existential concerns
  • grief/loss/change
  • generalised anxiety
  • sensory processing and specific learning disorders
  • self-esteem
  • wellbeing and self-development
  • sexual abuse


Counselling/Therapy Services

You don’t have to be an artist to explore a problem creatively. Arts therapy integrates creative processes and psychological treatments to help explore and express material that is often difficult to put into words.


My therapeutic practice is often used to support people to:

  • Release excess energy to reduce tension
  • Learn self-soothing behaviour to reduce tension, stress and anxiety
  • Learn to manage strong feelings
  • Learn to problem-solve
  • Develop better communication skills
  • Attend to difficult memories and nightmares
  • Improve bodily awareness
  • Promote coping, and relaxation strategies
  • Promote mindfulness and a growth mindset
  • Develop skills to improve the ability to focus attention
  • Practice working with and exploring different emotions in a safe space
  • Practice using and exploring all senses through art making
  • Develop, strengthen and integrate a sense of self

I currently offer individual arts therapy sessions from a private room in the central Greymouth. I invite you to come for a session and see if arts therapy feels right for you. We’ll explore your reasons for coming to therapy through art making and talking, and will establish therapeutic goals based on your individual needs.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

Arts therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach. It not only cultivates the healing powers of imagination and works by accessing imagination and creativity to generate new models for living and help with the development of a more integrated sense of self. It also mobilizes the social engagement system through creativity, play, improvisation, movement. The safe therapeutic environment we create allows the art-making process to take the lead, whilst deepening our abilities for meaningful exchange.


Background and Experience

My work experience is diverse, person-centred and strengths based. I have lovingly cultivated a safe and welcoming private practice known as the Greymouth heART Studio, which is where I work as a registered arts therapist (AThR), community arts advocate, researcher/supervisor and arts educator.

As a clinically trained arts therapist I have worked with a range of people over the last 6 years including facilitating individual and group arts therapy sessions, leading creative workshops and self-development groups, as a Provider of arts therapy for those working within ACC Sensitive Claims, with individuals in residential settings and working alongside those in foster care and/or under the care of Oranga Tamariki. I also continue to work with young people referred by support services, including, but not limited to High and Complex Needs, and Te Kahu Toi : Intensive Wraparound Services.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to find out more.


Q Registrations and Memberships

- Registered Clinical Arts Therapist (AthR)
- Member Australian, NZ and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA)
- ACC Registered Counsellor

Q Qualifications

Master of Arts - Arts Therapy (Clinical), First Class Honours
National Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Diploma, Level 5)
Diploma of Teaching - Secondary Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Q Testimonials

"Art therapy with Rosa helped my child gain control of anxiety. Enabling the use of successful thinking and effective strategies my child can cope with most life situations."

"Rosa worked with great humility, compassion, and understanding, establishing a trusting and effective relationship with my brother."

​"My daughter would come every day to arts therapy if she could!"

Q Fees

- Clients using the WINZ Disability Allowance for Counselling are welcome.
- ACC Sensitive Claims clients are fully funded.