Mental health moments

The problem with our critical inner voice is that it’s very easy to believe it. At the time, when it’s loud and convincing it’s easy to believe. Mine sometimes says things like this: – you are so fat, all those wellness people are judging you – you have nothing interesting to say, and you’re awkward, and no one likes you –…

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Feeling the feels – tired

Energy levels and what to do with them have been a big theme for my personal growth the past few years. (Oh hang on – is ‘personal growth’ a bit of a new agey cliché? By all means replace with ‘learning/ musing/ reflections/ new habits’ or whatever works). What to do when I feel dead tired…

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(A little rant) What about daily art?

What about daily art? The music we sing to ourselves. The songs we could sing at our gatherings. The artworks we could make to mark transitions and stages in our own lives and those around us? What of the weaving of cloth, the designing of clothes, the making of our own furniture, the amusing of…

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Taking time out for creativity is a gift to ourselves

I am busy planning and preparing for my latest 6 week Women’s Wellbeing Groups here in Sydney. I love to run groups that go beyond a single workshop because it really feels like a journey – participants journey deeper into themselves, they journey into a shared space with trust and they journey in relation to their…

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Navigating anxiety and the unspoken abyss

Some days I am a fizz of adrenaline and avoidance. I am like a bee buzzing around and doing everything but the things that need doing. You see, I suffer from anxiety. I can become anxious about public speaking, anxious about running workshops, travel or looming deadlines and anxious about social situations. Yup, all that. It…

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An Art Therapy Career in Trauma Informed Care

I took my first intro to Art Therapy Class and it was like such a great fit and kind of like a calling. This week  (March 13-19) is Creative Arts Therapies Week. To celebrate here is an interview with Board Certified US based art therapist Gretchen Miller about her career to date, specialising particularly in the use…

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Just what the doctor ordered

Many people recognise that art making has therapeutic benefit, emotionally, socially and even physically. So, imagine you are in the office of your GP, and rather than prescribing medication you are prescribed 8 weeks of art lessons. Sound like a wonderful but way-out idea from some utopian future we might all dream of? Not so! Seniors…

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Painting takes the pain away

Art therapy has an important role to play in hospitals for children and adults. In this article I speak with a friend Penny whose daughter was receiving medical treatment over many months, about their experience of play therapy in an Australian hospital.   “Often, children are unable to verbally express what they are feeling; thus, in play therapy…

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