Jodie Fairweather

Jodie’s focus and determination flows, from her values and lived experiences, her values being presence, respect and integrity. By providing a safe non-judgemental environment to explore oneself, Jodie takes pleasure in offering hope and healing through Art Therapy.

Jodie is a qualified Art Therapist, with the qualification of Master in Therapeutic Arts Practice and has created alongside clients at organisations such as Headspace and Very Special Kids Hospice. Jodie is professionally registered through ANZACATA.

Being a passionate Art Therapist, Jodie strives to make a difference in the lives of others and a significant positive impact in their Mental Health treatment, especially for young people.

The opportunity to work alongside young people and their families, experiencing anxiety, depression or trauma, is so very rewarding to Jodie, striving to offer a true path to real recovery. Jodie aims to guide her clients in the hope they can come to know and understand themselves, cope better and heal through the creative process. Her aim is for her clients to enjoy positive relationships and function well in society.

Jodie has a calm and supportive nature offering presence and understanding. The exploration and collaboration between herself and clients provides a space and relationship of quality and acceptance, to enable healing within the safety of ethical and person centred therapy.

Possessing valuable lived experience around Autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, childhood trauma and domestic violence, Jodie provides a relational felt sense of understanding for her clients. Consequently, her understanding is extensive around the organisations, professionals and processes that come with these lived experiences. These include, NDIS, Paediatricians, allied health professionals, mental health care system, school systems, Centrelink, DHHS, Police and Family Law Court.

Jodie encourages the use of various creative modalities and processes into her sessions, such as sand tray and play therapy, especially for non-verbal clients or those who simply do not have the words to express themselves, while also offering nature elements, to offer exploration and grounding.

Ariadne Concha

 Ariadne is a qualified and registered professional member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and a Master of Therapeutic Arts Practice (The MIECAT Institute). Ariadne endeavours to provide a safe, open, non-judgemental and creative space where people feel free to explore, be curious, play, and make sense of their world and how they would like to be in it.

Ariadne’s current area of focus is providing Art Therapy to women, children and adolescents who have experienced family violence and trauma due to abuse and neglect. Ariadne provides support through a trauma informed lens, assisting clients to navigate their experiences and to discover a future full of meaning and purpose. Working in alignment with trauma principles of safety, trust, respect, rebuilding control, strengths and promoting connection to others and self, can only lead to positive change and acceptance of self. This is vital in the step to recovery.

Ariadne is deeply empathetic to her clients and aims to assist others in living a full life with freedom and choice. Art Therapy amplifies psychotherapeutic work with the senses and body awareness. Ariadne introduces multilevel sensory-based experiences through image -making, improvisation, play and imagination.

Kerrie Neilen

Kerrie is a qualified ANZACATA Art Therapist, a Master of Art Therapy (La Trobe University), and Fine Artist (RMIT). Kerrie has supported children, adolescents, and adults through art therapy within community and clinical settings, including the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital and Mind Australia.

Kerrie strives to provide a warm, non-judgmental, and creative space for clients to explore, reflect, play, and connect to themselves and others.

Kerrie’s current area of focus is providing art therapy for children and adolescents needing support who present or identify as neurodivergent. She is also interested in working with children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with challenges related to mental health, trauma, grief, and illness. Kerrie endeavours to support her client’s individual needs through tailored directive and non-directive sessions and has found the creative process to be a powerful tool to make sense of the world and find personal meaning and equilibrium.

Working through a person-centred and trauma informed lens, Kerrie is passionate about establishing an open and honest relationship while working alongside her clients to navigate their experiences and enhance their wellbeing. Kerrie provides lived experience and in-depth knowledge of different medium’s technical and therapeutic potential and finds great joy in sharing the creative process.

Bridget Harvey

Bridget is an ANZACATA registered Art Therapist and level 2 ACA Counsellor. She completed her Masters of Art Therapy and Counselling training at La Trobe University.

Bridget is a practising professional artist with a history in the design and animation industries, working and exhibiting in Australia, London and Italy. She also has extensive experience in childcare and art teaching/tutoring.

Bridget completed her clinical placement at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, working with patients experiencing cancer and their families. Additionally, Bridget has worked with clients with a range of conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Alzheimer’s, Stroke recovery, intellectual and physical disability and neurodegenerative conditions, Complex Trauma and PTSD, including work with Holocaust survivors at Emmy Monash Aged Care. A proud member of the community herself, Bridget also works with LGBTQI+ clients and is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for all.

Bridget is passionate about post-traumatic growth, neuroplastic change and development, and the benefit of creating opportunities for exploration, play and self-expression in a safe, supportive and attuned environment. Bridget practices in an integrative, person-centred, client-lead and trauma-informed way; tailoring sessions to the needs, goals and interests of the client. Bridget brings her professional and lived experience with disability, trauma and mental health to her work, while recognising that each individual is unique and the expert in their own life. Bridget values diversity and is open to working with a range of clients.