WellART

The Wellington Art Therapists Collective

 

We are a group of art therapists practising in diverse work settings and connecting regularly for professional support and sharing.

 

The Wellington Art Therapists Collective:

  • Connects: Wellington based Arts Therapists once a month, usually on a Friday evening
  • Welcomes: all practising and training Arts Therapists, local or visiting
  • Supports: members by providing a professional forum to share current practice
  • Invites: members to host a meeting, share their work, provide a group workshop or a guest speaker
  • Provides: information about Art Therapy through our idea-sharing blog
  • Acknowledges: the support of ANZATA through its professional membership and their financial assistance

 

WellART Art(s) Therapists

Members of WellArt work in a variety of settings, and some are available for private clients.

SERENA STACE
Secretary of WellArt, MNZAC, Member ANZACATA
Serena has extensive experience in using counselling and art therapy with children, young people and families/whanau experiencing grief, loss, change and trauma, including family break-up, bereavement (including families bereaved through suicide). Serena also works with clients with autism and Asperger’s syndrome… find out more

SARAH NIGHTINGALE – ARTFIX
Co-Chair of WellArt, Member ANZACATA, ACC Registered Counsellor
I work with young people who suffer from anxiety, worry, loss, have experienced trauma or who struggle to control their anger. Using art can be very helpful for people who feel unable to talk much about their experience. I have particular experience working with young people with special needs, particularly those on the Autism Spectrum… find out more

SANDRA SCHMIDT
Co-Chair of WellArt, Registered Art Therapist (AThR), Member ANZACATA, ACC Registered Counsellor
I have extensive experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues in different settings and roles. I have been involved in art therapy projects in prison and in schools, as well as with dementia patients. My areas of specialty are: Trauma and Abuse, Autism Spectrum and Disability, Anxiety issues, Workshops to strengthen resilience and connectedness … find out more

MARY-GRACE WILLIAMS
Committee Member of WellArt, Member ANZACATA, Provisional Member NZAC
Kia Ora, as an Arts Therapist I have worked with adolescents and senior citizens with special needs, primary school with children aged 5 to 12 presenting with grief and anxiety, worked in the acute mental health in-patient unit at Wellington Hospital, Te Whare O Matairangi, and counselling adults at Catholic social services … find out more

ANJA STRIEPKE – HeART and Soul Therapies
Registered Art therapist, Member ANZACATA, Provisional Member NZAC.
I am an Arts and Gestalt therapy practitioner in private practice. I am passionate about supporting adults to discover and claim their authentic and unique expression, which I facilitate through a combination of talking and creative exploration. Art therapy provides a beautiful gateway to our inner knowing and wisdom, which unfolds as we create … read my Profile

FFYONA MATTHEWS
Member ANZACATA
I have been a professionally registered Art Therapist for 17 years. I am trained and practised in family therapy, IDT, playroom skills, and sand tray work and have experience running wellness and mindfulness groups, grief groups, and children’s groups promoting resilience and support for being dyslexic. I am also an experienced supervisor for other practitioners … find out more

IRENA STENNER
MNZAC, ACC Registered
I have been a practicing art therapist for over two decades. I have a lifelong interest in helping people access their own inner wisdom through creativity. I work with individuals and facilitate groups with a special interest in work places … find out more

JANE GRAY
Member ANZACATA, Full Registration with the NZ Education Council, Member of Yoga Alliance
I offer a combination of Arts therapy and a gentle Yin Yoga practice which can support additional mind, body, emotion and soul exploration and release. I work with individual and facilitate group settings with a special interest in working with adolescent and teachers (peer mentoring, individual and as a group) … find out more

KIRSTY STRONG – Artisan Arts Therapy
BA (Psychology), MAAT Hons (Clinical) AThR, Member ANZACATA
I provide counselling services utilising the expressive arts to support clients to build relationships, resilience and process their life experience in order to thrive. I have worked with children and young people with special needs, anxiety, trauma and those processing life transitions … find out more

LOUISE MORTON
PGDip(Tchg), MAAT(Clin)(Hons), AThR, Member ANZACATA
I am passionate about using the arts to support people to explore issues, overcome barriers and increase resilience. My clients and I work creatively, using a variety of arts modalities (including visual arts, dance/movement, drama and writing) within a strong therapeutic alliance to support the processes of meaning-making and change … find out more

MARY BROWNLOW
MNZAC
I bring 30 years experience engaging with families, individuals and couples to facilitate well-being through talking therapies and creative processes. I help people to understand and build satisfying relationships and to find perspectives that support growth and healing … read my Profile

MARY WEIR – Hiatus Studio Art Therapy
Member ANZACATA, Professional Member of International Yoga Alliance
Tēnā koutou katoa. Ko tauiwi au, nō Aerani ahau. I have a special interest in social equity issues: particularly gender, sexuality and neuro-diversity. I have experience working with diverse populations both 1:1 and in groups as an educator (10 years) and more recently as a therapist (3 years) … find out more

NEGIN DASTGHEIB
Registered Clinical Arts Therapist (ANZACATA), ACC Registered
Salaam. I have spent most of my adult life working as an artist and learning the deep healing potential art and creativity can provide. I am passionate about connecting individuals with their souls essence as a way to create empowerment and to find their own internal guidance systems … see my website

PAT HAY
Treasurer WellART, BSc, MEd, Dip Psych, MAAT, AThR, Provisional Member NZAC, Member ANZACATA
Pat has supported terminally-ill patients and also children, adolescents and adults with grief and loss. Pat has also initiated therapeutic community arts projects for migrants and recently-arrived refugees. A particular interest is incorporating mindfulness into her arts therapy practice … find out more