create, connect, be well

 

About me

Welcome !

I'm a registered Art Therapist and work with a broad range of people, from those experiencing mental health issues to those who want to boost their wellbeing and find more meaning in their life. Some people are looking to heal, some looking to move through a tricky time in their lives, others feel stuck in a rut. I like to meet people where they're at and work with them in achieving their goals. 

 

My expertise in promoting psychological wellbeing extends across the full spectrum of issues from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, complex grief and burnout. My clinical experience includes providing art therapy services to developmentally complex adolescents in community based health center and  supporting adolescent refugees and aslyum seekers dealing with acculturation and learning and behavioural issues often linked with PTSD.

 

My greatest joy is working with women and young people to use art and creativity to find a greater sense of identity, meaning, connection and peace in their lives. Having worked in a range of settings, I have a unique blend of skills and experiences - 

  • over 30 years in human resources and organisational development

  • facilitating diverse groups of people in public, private and not-for-profit sectors

  • coaching team leaders, managers and executives to be more compassionate and effective leaders

  • leading others to implement wellbeing and mental health strategies and programs

  • teaching and working with young people 

  • supervising emerging art therapists in their independent research and more recently tutor in the University of Queensland's Masters of Mental Health Art Therapy program. 

Qualifications/registrations

  • Internationally registered Art Therapist (ANZACATA and AATA)

  • Masters of Mental Health (Art Therapy), University of Queensland, School of Medicine

  • Blue Card working with children 

  • Registered Mental Health First Aider (2019 refreshed)

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Art, University of Virginia

  • Registered YogART (r) licensed facilitator

Recent professional development

  • Compassion Focussed Yoga Therapy 2022

  • Compassion in Therapy Summit 2022

  • Intro to Positive Psychology (Harvard Medical School/Harvard Health, 2021)

  • Art Based Supervision Skills Training (ANZACATA, 2021)

  • Psychological First Aid for Art Therapy (2021)

  • Art in DBT: Art Making to Build DBT Skills (CES, 2021)

  • Expert Strategies for Working with Traumatic Memories (NICABM, 2020)

  • Art Therapy for Chronic Stress (AATA, 2020)

  • LivingWorks Start (Suicide Prevention) (2020)

  • Tools for Art Therapists to Care for Clients and Self during COVID-19 (AATA, 2020)

  • Infection Control Training - COVID-19 (Department of Health, 2020)

  • Making Positive Psychology Work  (2020)

  • Overcome Anxiety through Yoga and Applied Psychology (2020)

  • QPR Gatekeeper Training (2019)

  • Workplace Mental Health Symposium (2019)

  • ANZACATA Symposium (2019)

  • Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals (2018)

  • Building Strengths Based Organisations and Teams (MHA, 2018)

  • Growth Mindset (MHA, 2018)

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (2016)

Publications

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About art therapy

Art therapy is an interdisciplinary field drawing on positive psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, cognitive behaviour, neuroscience, mindfulness and creative processes.

Art therapy has a robust and growing evidence baseis proven to be beneficial for:

  • stimulating relaxation

  • reducing stress

  • boosting the immune system

  • improving emotional regulation 

  • increasing a state of mindfulness or ‘flow’ and

  • promoting and improving wellbeing through creative pathways

 

Art therapy is a powerful health enhancing treatment extending back thousands of years and has been found to be effective in treating a range of symptoms and disorders across various populations in medical and therapeutic settings, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, ADD and more.

 

Creative expression and art therapy is increasingly being applied for improving wellbeing. A recent WHO report examining over 3000 types of creative-based interventions included art therapy and it's positive impact on wellbeing. 

Art Therapists are registered after completion of an accredited Master program which involves 800 hours of clinical practice. Art therapy uses art making processes to enhance well-being, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Making art can facilitate insights and growth  through the creative processes, known for fostering a state of flow, healing properties, balancing the nervous system and improving mind/body connections.

Art therapy is unlike art making for the focus is on the process and meaning as opposed to the actual creation or product. As a result there is no need for participants to have any skill, background or talent in art.

The only requirement is curiosity, an open mind and willingness to experiment with a variety of art materials.

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