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About me

Passion

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 might just feel stuck. I like to meet people where they're at and work with them in achieving their goals. 

My greatest joy is working with women and young people to use art to find a greater sense of identity, meaning, connection and peace in their lives. 

Qualifications 

  • Internationally registered art therapist (ANZACATA and AATA)

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

  • Graduate Diploma Of Education, University of Melbourne

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, EIM

  • Bachelor of Art, University Of Virginia 

  • Registered YogART(r) licensed faciltator

  • Blue Card Working with Children 

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Building Resilience in Treanscultural Adolescents (BRITA) facilitator

Experience

My expertise in promoting psychological wellbeing extends across a diverse spectrum of issues from stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, complex grief and burnout. 

 

My clinical experience includes providing art therapy services to adolescents in community based health center to supporting adolescent refugees and aslyum seekers dealing with acculturation and learning and behavioural issues often linked with PTSD.

For the past five years  I have tutored and supervised second year students' art based research in the UQ Masters of Mental Health Art Therapy program. 

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)

Skills

Having worked in a range of settings, I bring 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 tutoring in the University of Queensland's Masters of Mental Health Art Therapy program. 

Publications

  • Winlaw, K. (2023) A healing journey: Using a daily visual journal practice to process the emotional experience of early breast cancer. JoCAT: Journal of Creative Art Therapies, 18 (2).

  • Martin, L., Burton, A., O'Sullivan, J., and Winlaw, K. (2022) A role for art therapy in buffering the effects of stress and reducing burnout amongst childcare workers: Results of a group art therapy intervention pilot study. JoCAT Journal of Creative Arts Therapies, 17 (2). https://www.jocat-online.org/a-22-martin 

  • Winlaw, K., and Loetta, L. (2017). Mindful art therapy: Promoting employee well-being. ANZJAT: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy, 12 (1), 56. https://www.anzacata.org/resources/Files/11_ANZJAT/ANZJAT-2017/10-ANZJAT-2017-KW-LL-a.pdf

As an art therapist I am also a practising artist. Check out my Gallery for more. 

Art practice

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