My aim…is to companion you with utmost care and compassion, as you navigate thresholds in your life and integrate new ways-of-being.
I offer a range of therapeutic and creative experiences to promote healing, creative living and wellbeing. In my creative approaches as a Creative Arts Therapist, (or in-short ‘Art Therapist’), I draw on my diverse experiences as a former Registered Nurse over a span of ten years. I also draw on my parenting experiences and life experiences growing up in a very large family in regional NSW.
I gave nursing care to children on the medical ward of The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. I have nursed young people in secondary schools, providing health promotion, counselling individuals and running groups.
I have also nursed people diagnosed with terminal illnesses as well as people with complex and chronic illness (including mental illnesses) in both home and hospital, including individuals with disabilities. Another of my nursing roles has been supporting people completing a medicated drug or alcohol withdrawal on a detoxification unit.
Seeking change after feeling I didn’t belong in the nursing profession and a struggle with my own mental health, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy at The Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT). I followed these wonderful studies with completion of my Masters in Creative Arts Therapy also at MIECAT ~ graduating in 2011. Since then I have worked in Melbourne, Sweden, Timor-Leste, as well as the Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires in varying capacities as a Creative Arts Therapist, Community Artist, Creative Movement and Dance Teacher, Art after school Program Facilitator and a Qualitative Researcher – with individuals and groups across the lifespan.
Whilst embarking on this life transforming career change, I also was on a parallel transformation in becoming a Mamma, as I commenced my studies in Creative Art Therapy, whilst pregnant. My son is now 11 and I have loved learning and growing in this huge new role. My values are the foundations for my work, with the values of integrity, honesty, presence, curiosity, respect and emotional safety as being some of the core values I both parent with and work from, in my Art Therapy practice.
I am a Professional Member of the The Australian New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA). I am also a member of the Group of Registered Regional Arts Therapists (GRAT) and I hold a current Working With Children Card.