Poverty and mental health

Health professionals often work with the individual, treating mental health challenges such as depression as a ‘brain illness’ which has emerged as a result of disturbed chemistry within the body. As therapists and counsellors we often work with depression as a ‘mind illness’; working with the individual’s thoughts and stories about their situation and themselves,…

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Child abuse and neglect in Australia 

Recent research conducted by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Child Protection shows the staggeringly high number of children being reported to child protection authorities in Australia, and of those being reported 90 per cent have multiple reports being made about “incredibly concerning” abuse and neglect. Professor Arney said authorities needed to respond to…

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Why I love working in community mental health

I’ve been musing lately on my experiences in running art therapy programs for community mental health providers. Why creating welcoming spaces for people in crisis or experiencing extreme states matters: Mental health sufferers face both stigma and other challenges to joining in mainstream activities. Low energy, low mood, feeling anxious, fidgety, being prone to angry outbursts,…

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Is art therapy really therapy?

For sure! You can take mental health issues to an art therapist like you could to any mental health professional. This is one of the biggest differences between seeing an art therapist and having a relaxing session with an art teacher. With an art therapist you can experience the joy and pleasure of art making…

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It doesn’t have to be perfect but you do need to start

I started my business with a small amount of savings that had to be my actual pay (think coffee money) and cover all business costs until the business started providing for itself. My partner took on the heavy lifting of household finances and I was free to work on my business. That first year I…

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Who wants to play?

Who needs an an infusion of deep, soulful, playful creativity at their next face to face event!?? I’m open to fresh collaborations in Australia in 2018 (or Europe May/June 2018). I would love for the right fresh fun collaboration plans to wing my way. Imagine…. 🌟A visioning session before your content master class, to connect…

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Does your inner child need some play time?

What do you do that is playful, open ended and full of joy? In my experience, connecting with the inner child needs a few foundation- conditions to be in place…. For me these are: Feeling safe – no one is criticising or judging me, I can’t ‘fail’, I’m not scared of making a mess or…

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‘But I’m not creative’

That’s what I hear sometimes when people hear about my art therapy groups. Really? You don’t think you’re creative? Even better reason to come along and see that you are! You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ or have ‘talent’ to work with an art therapist. Art therapy is a form of expression, a way…

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Structure and flexibility

In art therapy we need to provide structure: a bounded time, clarity of roles, guidelines for safety and confidentiality. But we also need to provide flexibility, the ability for participants to go as deep as feels comfortable, some choice in materials, choice in expression. If we have few boundaries and little structure in our groups…

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