M.A. Art Therapy, AdvDip Transpersonal Art Therapy, B.A. Graphic Design
Hello, my name is Louise, and I am a Master’s trained, registered Art Therapist working from Mullum Rd Clinic Croydon, on Wednesdays.
I have experience working, volunteering and on placement in a range of environments including my own private practice Creating Insights Art Therapy, EACH Community Health (current), Austin Health (SECU), Box Hill CHYMS, CATA (Creative Art Therapy Australia), Very Special Kids, Rowville Primary School, Park Lane aged care, Aurrum aged care, the Sony Camp and so on. I love working with all ages, needs and presentations. My experience range is disability and co-morbidities, aged care, family violence, acute and chronic mental health, children, youth and adult mental health, palliative care and so on.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling and may focus on the creative art-making process itself, as therapy, or on the analysis of expression gained through an exchange of patient and therapist interaction. Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. Source: Psychology Today
- No prior experience or art making skills necessary
- Beneficial for all ages, presentations, and stages of life
- Guided and companioned by a trained and qualified Art Therapist
- Explore emotions, improve self-esteem, relieve stress, manage anxiety & so on
“Lou you are amazing, and I love, love, love, what you do. My girls have gained so much from coming to you regularly. I’m seeing less anxiety, more resilience, the confidence to speak about emotions and overall happiness. It’s given me great insight into what might go on sometimes in their little minds. The smiles on their faces when your name comes up is awesome.” NK
Art Therapy gives me the capacity to work with a range of clients to help them gain insight into improving their daily life to manage their emotions and psychosocial needs as well as social and sensory challenges or anxiety. This in turn helps them gain the ability to assist with self-awareness, self-efficacy, or self-regulation. I truly believe that finding a modality to suit everyone gives them the opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace to set them up for success. I followed this fulfilling path to support my own family’s neurodivergent needs and in turn support others’.
I have been particularly proud of the contribution I have made for neurodivergent children and their families. I have been able to provide insight into possible challenges with regards to avoiding or seeking certain sensory needs as well as increasing mentalization in a neuro-affirming way. Using my own lived experience, to establish connections, helps build upon their strengths as well as advocate for their needs where necessary.
Art Therapy enables the individual to gain insights into their own needs including possible triggers and teaches skills in regulating emotions or responses by tapping into themselves somatically. It offers an environment to express, contain, control, show courage, embrace fear and step in and out of comfort zones with the use of several mediums and modalities.
I believe strongly in radical acceptance, unconditional positive regard and working within a safe, person-centered, and neuro-affirming way. Working collaboratively with my clients with a strengths-based approach, together we build on their interests to create tools and techniques to help them navigate their day, make connections, manage emotions, celebrate successes, nurture pride and identity.
I look forward to connecting and creating with you.
“It’s not what you make, it’s how it makes you feel.” Louise Weston