create, connect, be well

 

About me

My greatest joy is supporting others to use art and creativity to discover their innate creativity, wisdom and peace. Some people are looking to heal, some looking to move through a tricky time in their lives, others feel stuck in a rut. I work with all different people, and like to meet them where they're at. 

As an art therapist I've worked with: 

  • small (8) to large (40) groups to deal with stress, improve their self-care practices, improve wellbeing and connections within the team

  • women managing through life transitions - children leaving home, change in career

  • individuals in conflict at work who needed mediation

  • adolescents grappling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex grief, identity and acculturation

  • adults with anxiety, depression and experiencing grief from loss/divorce/career changes

  • adults who felt lost and needed to find their focus and purpose

I've also worked in a range of settings and 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 organisations to implement wellbeing and mental health programs

  • taught in TAFE and university and currently supervise UQ Masters Mental Health Art Therapy students

Qualifications/registrations

  • Internationally registered Art Therapist (ANZACATA and AATA)

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

  • Registered Mental Health First Aider (2019 refreshed)

  • QPR Gatekeeper

  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Art, University of Virginia

  • Registered YogART (r) licensed facilitator

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Blue Card holder

Recent professional development

  • 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)

  • 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)

When not in the art studio or working with a client, you can find me on the yoga mat, in the garden or catching up with family and friends. 

 

About Art Therapy 

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

Art therapy is 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. Creative expression and art therapy is increasingly being applied for improving wellness and emerging in the corporate wellbeing space.

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.

 

Contact me

For any questions you have, please reach me at:

Katherine Winlaw

5% of all proceeds of my creative wellbeing work is donated to FHEAL a non-profit foundation that supports creative arts therapy for refugee students in Queensland schools. This means when you improve your wellbeing it helps the wellbeing of those less advantaged.

Mobile: 0413 610 800
Email: kwinlaw@netaus.com.au
Web: www.katherinewinlaw.com
ABN: 84 927 072 980
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