create, connect, be well

 

About me

I am 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. 

 

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. 

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

 

One of my greatest joys is supporting others to discover their innate creativity, wisdom and peace. As an art therapist I: 

  • facilitate groups to boost their wellbeing and resilience, deal with stress, improve their self-care practices, and create greater connections within teams

  • support women managing through life transitions - children leaving home, change in career, or who felt lost and needed to find their focus and purpose

  • work with adults and adolescents grappling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex grief, and other mental health issues.  

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

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)

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Art, University of Virginia

  • Registered YogART (r) licensed facilitator

  • Blue Card holder

Recent professional development

  • 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 Trainign (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 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.

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