Expressive Arts Therapy
You don't fit in a box - neither do I...
Rigorous curiosity, broad lived experinece, compassion, ethics rooted in social justice, and a capacity to hold and hear difficult things, combine with my deep love of otherness, & subversiveness to fuel my work.
My approach has developed through layers of influence comprised of: empirical theories of mind & body, humanistic, client centred & transpersonal approaches, feminism, queer theory, expressive arts, and Narrative Therapy, which situates all of the above into a social and political context.
"The phenomenon of personal failure has grown exponentially over recent decades. Never before has the sense of being a failure to be an adequate person been so freely available to people, and never before has it been so willingly and routinely dispensed." Michael White
Narrative Therapy is a relatively new kid on the therapeutic block. It's more an orientation or way of seeing things, than a prescriptive set of techniques.
It emphasises collaboration over the delivery of expertise, is informed by Feminism, social justice, and considerations of power and privilege, along with a healthy dose of skepticism around the value of pathologizing people and problems through traditional medical model approaches to mental health. Find out more about Narrative Therapy here.
What to expect
You may find yourself engaged in lively conversation, or working with your hands in a quiet contemplative space.
I value authenticity and aim to provide a space where you can be yourself, or try out a new self.
You'll be able to shape the direction and style of the process to suit your needs, including the length and frequency of our meetings.
Training & Education
A graduate of Melbourne University & The Dulwich Centre's Masters program in Narrative Therapy & Community Work, I also hold a BA in psychology, BA Hons, in drama (performance), and an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy. I'm currently a peer supervisor at Qmunity, co-facilitator of group therapy by CIEL Community Counselling.
Click on the LinkedIn icon below for details on some of my pre-counselling exploits.