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.

 

Stephanie Gray

Stephanie is a qualified ANZACATA Art Therapist, having obtained a Master of Art Therapy from La Trobe University. Stephanie is an experienced English teacher (Monash) and a self-taught artist. Stephanie has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly in community and clinical settings.

Stephanie is passionate about providing care and support in a person-centred way. Stephanie conducted placements at Baringa Aged Acute Psychiatry and at Thomas Embling Hospital, and she has worked with a range of clients with different presentations, including people on the Autism spectrum, people with ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Stephanie enjoys working with clients of all ages, gender presentations and sexual orientation, being a proud member of the LBTQIA+ community and with her own mental health lived experience.

Stephanie also works with the elderly and is committed to improving the wellbeing of our aged community through tailored arts-based workshops. The work carried out in these workshops aim to provide meaningful engagement thus avoiding social isolation. Stephanie likes to work with clients to achieve their personal goals and empower those who suffer dementia.

Stephanie works in a client-led manner, with a focus on trauma-informed care and relational aesthetics. Stephanie tailors’ sessions to the individual’s needs, offering both directive and non-directive sessions, with a range of materials and activities. Stephanie believes art making, experimentation and play are valuable tools for improving mental health and achieving personal goals. She strongly believes that art can be used to communicate ideas that may be difficult to express verbally and can help people engage in self-reflection and improved daily living.

 

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.

 

Paul Eves

Paul Eves is a practicing artist, and a qualified visual arts teacher and youth worker. Paul is our skilled-based work-shops manager and facilitator. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. He completed a Master of Teaching Practice at RMIT University and prior to that a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2017.  In 2014, Eves completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from the Queensland College of Art. Where in 2013 he was a finalist in the Gas and Survey CO at QCA and was awarded the Iain Turnbull Bursary Prize for Printmaking.

As part of his art and teaching practice, Paul has developed highly tuned skills in a range of techniques, processes and methods of making art. Paul designs his programs to encourage his students/client’s to engage directly with art making and to experiment, take risks and explore a sense of play within a supportive environment. He believes that art is for everyone and that through the creative process, insight and skills are developed that can be transferred into every day life!

Paul believes that Art is a universal language that crosses borders, cultures and beliefs. The process of making art and gives people the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas. Art as an experience is important because it helps students crystallize their thoughts and ideas about who they are and the world around them.

 

Sue Guzick

Sue Guzick works with those who are interested to explore how art and creative processes can benefit their wellness and fulfilment. She has had the pleasure to have worked five years as an Art Therapist and ten years supporting those with diverse lived experiences.

The therapy offers person-centered response to each individual’s strengths and interests. Processes can include trauma informed invitations, neuroscience and the body, sensory exploration, anxiety & coping skills, social connectivity, diverse communication methods, emotion, and identity expression, physical motor skills, memory and cognition, drug and alcohol experiences, mental health recovery, curiosity, and play. Sue’s well informed inclusive services outreach to adults at home, support accommodations, hospitals, and can be designed to go out into community settings.

Qualifications that inform Sue’s practice are the Master of Art Therapy from Latrobe University received in 2015, Master of Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and Diploma of Mental Health completed in 2017. She holds a Professional ANZACATA Membership and is a NDIS Registered Provider.

Sue is an artist and has shared experience on what it’s like to be in a creative process. Being an artist directly inspires her work as an Art Therapist.