“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”

“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”

What is Art Therapy?

While some people think of therapy as talking about their problems, others are using paintbrushes, clay, and all kinds of other art materials to understand, explore and express their feelings through art therapy.

Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Art offers people a non-verbal way to express themselves, especially for those who find verbal communication difficult due to their life circumstances, age, or previous experiences such as trauma, mental health problems or physical illnesses.

When people find it difficult to articulate their problems, art therapy offers a universal language for them to understand and express what’s going on.

My Passion

The heart of my practice is believing that the client is the expert of themselves. I believe that everyone has the answers within themselves and that my role, along with creative expression, is to help you find those answers.

I totally understand what it feels like to be stuck. On the one hand, it is a normal process of growing up, when we start to solidify into patterns of behaviour and feeling and language. But that doesn’t mean we have to settle for that path.

My passion is helping others discover what it means to be human and provide guidance through that unique healing journey. That what lies at the root of our struggles is the uncertainty in our sense of self and how we perceive our worth and value.

With warmth and respect, my role is to walk with you through your journey of self-expression and the meaning-making process to better understand yourself. Whether it’s through developing greater self-awareness, modifying habitual negative thinking, or moving past unhelpful patterns in relationships, I am here to support you in living the life you want and making positive life changes.  

I believe that healing comes from recognising your true self, living authentically, and balancing acceptance and change. Meeting my clients without judgment or assumption is imperative for me, and I’ve experienced again and again the growth that occurs when someone feels truly heard and seen.

My Approach

In my life as a sculptor, which has now lasted for almost three decades, I still experience every day something special that the process of sculpting entails. The three-dimensional involvement of sculptural materials such as clay, wood, stone and found objects enables a dialogue with a counterpart.

In addition to drawing, painting and collages, in Art Therapy we create spaces, areas of tension, an inside and an outside, in which we can enter and meet ourselves. In this sense, sculptural work creates a therapeutic space for action, in which non-linguistic access to oneself is opened up.

I am open to collaborating with individuals of all ages, whether they are children or adults, as well as couples, families, and diverse groups. My inclusive approach welcomes people of any gender, orientation, or identity.
Clients who are under the NDIS plan management are warmly invited to engage with my services.

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.”

Naeem Callaway

Individual Therapy

 

Our initial session begins with an assessment aimed at determining whether art therapy is the most suitable approach to address your specific needs. The cornerstone of this process is to ensure that you receive the necessary support.

Our sessions blend conversation with artistic exploration. We engage with art materials, words, ideas, and emotions to understand how they resonate with you. Together, we delve into your thoughts, pause for reflection, express your feelings, and take notice. We carve out a space where everything can naturally unfold and exist. This setting fosters a distinct type of dialogue, one that harnesses your creativity and curiosity to comprehend YOUR unique life experiences, both in the world and within your own body, propelling you forward in your journey.

Details

Location: 13 Challis Street, Newport
or
Home-based sessions in the place where you feel most comfortable

Investment: $ 160 | 60 min

Art Therapy Groups

 

Using the creative process within a safe therapeutic group space, the morning art therapy group provides the opportunity to explore and give expression to feelings that may be difficult to communicate through words alone.

Group art therapy allows individuals to come together and explore issues in a supportive environment. Groups are designed to meet the specific needs of the individuals participating through evidence-based methods. Through group work, individuals can share their stories, create connections, and support each other. Group work can be a powerful way to address shared issues in a supportive and safe environment.

Details

Location: 13 Challis Street, Newport

Investment: $ 50 per session

When: Friday 10 – 11.30 am (according to school terms)

To register your interest please get in touch.

FAQ

Why would I see an art therapist?

For a whole range of reasons… you might be struggling with a life challenge, a mental illness, or wanting to let go of old patterns. Perhaps you want to cultivate more spontaneity, confidence, and creativity in your life. Art therapy is unique because it lets you ‘make’ your experiences into artworks and then look at things from a different perspective. Being in the ‘flow-state’ of creativity is in itself therapeutic. It is different to verbal therapies because thoughts and feelings can be explored with the richness of colour, line, material, texture and dimension… Self-expression is not restricted by language, because words so often fall short in describing our experiences.

Do I need art training or experience to participate in art therapy?

No art experience is necessary for you. I as your art therapist am highly trained in visual art as well as psychology, and I will guide you in the process of creating art using specific types of materials. All you need is a willingness to experiment and explore.

Who interprets the client’s artwork?

It is up to clients to decide what their artwork means. Art therapists are specially trained to look at artwork with curiosity, and to ask questions that may help the client to reflect on what the artwork means to them. The artwork is a starting point for the art therapist and the client to explore together and make connections to the client’s experiences outside of the art therapy sessions.

What kind of art will I make in art therapy?

It depends on your interests as well as the therapeutic benefits of certain types of art for your situation. Art therapy can include a wide range of art materials and processes. Your sessions could potentially include activities such as working with clay, painting, making a mask, creating a visual journal, assembling a collage, and doing nature-based art activities. Most often, the focus will be on the process rather than creating a finished art product.

Do I get to keep the artwork that I make in art therapy? Will the art therapist show it to anyone else?

Your artwork is your creation and always belongs to you. Some people choose to keep the finished artwork, while others may decide to leave it in the care of the art therapist. Your art therapist will not show your artwork to anyone without your permission. The code of ethics followed by art therapists specifies that an art therapist must safeguard a client’s art creations the same way he/she would protect any other privileged information.

How many sessions will I need to attend?

The number of sessions is determined by the individual needs of the client, but most clients attend between 6-12 sessions, and some attend years.

How can I start?

Interested in learning more about art therapy or setting up an appointment? Here’s what the process will look like and what to expect along the way.

When you call or email us, you will have the opportunity to briefly share what brings you to art therapy and to learn more about what we have to offer. If you are interested in moving forward, I will arrange an initial consult. This is a free 30-minutes meeting where I, the client, or the caregiver of a child or teen client will have a chance to talk. This meeting is when you can share in more detail about what is bringing you to art therapy. I may ask some questions about the clients’ experiences growing up in order to understand more about their current experiences. This is also a chance for the client to ask questions and learn more about who I am and what I do. We then work together to come up with some goals and to make a plan for how I can best support you. After the initial consult, the first art therapy session can be arranged. Frequency, scheduling, and number of sessions can all be discussed at the initial consult.

ACKNOWLDEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS

We recognise that our studios are on Bunurong Country and pay tribute to the traditional owners of this country past, present and future.
We appreciate that we are able to make and teach art in this country and keep the importance of the tradition of this land in our hearts as an art and coaching community.