Senior Arts Therapist, Play Therapist and Arts based Supervisor
Welcome to Arts Therapy Spectrum and Play Therapy Spectrum.
I'm Donna, Director, Senior Arts Therapist, Play Therapist, and Supervisor.
I am a Master's qualified, registered Arts Therapist (AThR) and a certified Synergetic Play Therapist. I have been working as an arts therapist for a decade and working as a group facilitator for 15 years. I completed my study in Melbourne and was the arts therapist at the Monash Children's Hospital before relocating home to Adelaide. I worked on the academic team in the School of Creative Arts Therapies at the Ikon Institute and taught on the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy. I am a professional member of ANZACATA and feel strongly about advocating for arts therapy and being a supportive part of the arts therapy community in Adelaide.
Arts therapy and play therapy are my passion and I love exploring new art materials, mediums and toys. I enjoy the challenge of finding a medium that really speaks to my client. While the goal of art therapy is not to become good at art, I get excited when clients fall in love with making art and start to utilise this for health, wellbeing and fun outside of our sessions.
I enjoy working with all clients but have a special interest in working with children, teens and adults with ASD.
Senior Arts Therapist and Play Therapist
Long childhood illness led Liz to use art to express herself as a teenager. As an adult, she studied Art Therapy at La Trobe University in 2009. Liz is also a dancer, and loves using movement in a therapeutic setting where relevant also.
Liz has a special passion for using art therapy in an aged care setting, having worked for many years with aged care residents experiencing Alzheimer's and Dementia. She has also worked extensively with aged care residents with long term Deafness and Blindness.
Liz's brother has ASD and complex disabilities, and this has led her to work with other young people with ASD and other disabilities through dance and visual arts.
As a dress maker, she loves using fabrics, sewing and needlework alongside traditional visual arts media in self expression.
Liz is also currently studying Synergetic Play Therapy and is a Play Therapist for Play Therapy Spectrum.
Play Therapist and Paediatric Social Worker
Having travelled and lived in different parts of Australia and being a self confessed 'people watcher' Alison never ceases to be in awe at the many unique differences all people bring to the world. This fascination in people led her to become an Accredited Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and attain post graduate qualifications in Childhood Developmental Trauma through the Australian Childhood Foundation. A Paediatric Social Worker in Disability and Health in SA & NT Government and the private sector for nearly 20 years, Alison continues her long held passion for working with children and young people to grow their capacity and sense of self. An alternative to conventional 'talking' therapies Alison loves how Play Therapy allows children and young people to use their innate potential for healing through play where toys are their words and play is their language.
Using the modality of Play, she creates connection and safety in the playroom supporting children and young people to make sense of their experiences and foster their emotional and social development.
Currently studying to be a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, Alison is diving deeper into interpersonal neurobiology and nervous system regulation to make the most of the therapeutic power of play.
An avid gardener she can be found enjoying the quiet of the morning walking in the garden with her chickens Daisy and Isabella and is often practicing self -regulation while teaching her teenage son driving lessons.
Student Play Therapist/Inclusion Facilitator
Jodi is a registered teacher in South Australia, and she has worked in early childhood for over a decade. Jodi is passionate about child’s play, quality play, play as language and a tool for self-regulation and discovery. This lead Jodi to enrol at Deakin University to complete her Post Graduate studies in Play Therapy.
Prior to completing further studies, Jodi has been heavily involved in facilitating groups within the ASD Inclusion Support Team/School Inclusion Program as a Developmental Educator for non-profit organisations; facilitating ASD awareness workshops for professional development and running social skills workshops for school aged students from 5 to 18 years old. Jodi is passionate about social inclusion and emotional self-awareness and acceptance.