MMH, MACA, PACFA, AThR
The letters after my name stand for Masters of Mental Health, member of the Australian Counselling Association, clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and Registered Art Therapist and Clinical Supervisor (with the ANZACATA). I am also a member of the Australian Counselling Association College of Supervisors. For more information about these associations, see the resources page. If you click here, you will be re-directed to the ANZACATA website 'about creative arts therapies' page which is worth a read if you are interested in this. You can also read the FAQ on my website for further information.
I have been a practicing Counsellor for twenty years and a trained Art Psychotherapist for 8 years. My experience has been primarily with individual young people or adults working on complex issues over time, sometimes this type of work is referred to as psychotherapy. In my supervision practice I work with mental health professionals from many backgrounds. I am a member of the ACA College of Supervisors, have NGO experience working as a counselling supervisor for many years and have undertaken supervision training in Qld and interstate. Outside of my private practice, I work in a school setting as part of a creative arts therapies team using trauma informed practices to support children at risk. I have presented at Qld and interstate conferences regarding the importance of trauma informed practices within schools.
PLEASE NOTE: At this point in time counsellors and art therapists are not medicare recognised practitioners. I do have a provider number with Medibank and with BUPA as some of their extras packages cover for counselling services. The Doctors Health Fund also recognise counselling. I am a registered NDIS provider although I primarily work with families who are self-managed under this system and may not renew my registration as the auditing process is very expensive for sole traders.
*Please talk to your health fund about the importance of including Counselling and Creative Arts Therapies in their extras packages.
My sessions are 50-60 minutes long (for some children and young people, 50 minutes will be more suited to their needs) and the type of therapy you are most comfortable with is something we can talk about in our first session together- this is sometimes called an 'intake' session. If you are bringing a child or young person to see me, I will ask that we have a session together first, so I can get an overview of your concerns. Each individual circumstance is different of course and we can discuss how to begin things when you call. Once a plan for working together is established, I will ask that you fill in a counselling contract. This may sound a bit formal but it is simply to make sure that we both formally agree to a few basic things. You can find a link to a copy of the contract on this page.
My current private practice days are Thursdays and Fridays at 11 Morgan Terrace Bardon, 4065. Skype or Zoom sessions are generally available for Clinical Supervision.
Art therapy and counselling: $145 per session
Clinical Supervision: $145 per session
(long sessions: 90 minutes $190/$160
Couples therapy/family therapy: $190/$160 per session
Quotes can be provided for school visits, phone consultations with other health professionals, report writing and workshops for your organisation/service
*Concession rates are available for persons under 18, full time students and persons with healthcare or pension cards. (NB: adults with NDIS funding are eligible to pay full fee).
Please let me know if finances are your main reason for not seeking therapy for yourself or your child and we can discuss this together. Contact
I think we all have the capacity to be creative and thoughtful regarding the challenges we face in our lives and this can be a powerful resource to use in the therapeutic process. My twenty years experience as a therapist has taught me that people of all ages can use creativity to understand themselves and their situation. This is particularly the case in times of existential crisis.
Being creative is not the same as being artistic.
Being creative is something we all do, all the time in a variety of ways.
Fixing an old car, making a herb garden, renovating a bedroom, painting, cooking, parenting, writing, drawing, building, colouring-in, playing with symbols, story-telling; these are all examples of activities that require creativity. This unique capacity we have as humans can be most useful when we are struggling in our lives. In my counselling and art therapy practice, I support people to use their existing creativity to find a different way of seeing and understanding themselves.