Isy

Senior Arts Therapist (AThR)

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Isy has always utilised the arts to express herself and to connect to her inner thoughts and feelings so when she discovered art therapy, by chance, she discovered that along with her passion for supporting others that arts therapy was the perfect match.

 

Isy has been an art therapist since 2014 after finishing a 2 year diploma at Ikon and graduating in 2020 with a Masters in Therapeutic Arts practice from MIECAT. 

 

Isy has a broad range of experience working with youth, disability and children with high, complex needs in Foster care. 

 

Isy has always loved movement and dance as a form of expression. Isy believes that movement combined with music are such powerful tools to capture thoughts and feelings. Isy loves her sessions to be open to any form of expression and encourages her clients to break free from traditional approach or technique that might be associated with any given modality or medium, anything goes!

Jess

Senior Arts Therapist (AThR)

Jess was initially drawn to the field of art therapy through a personal experience of processing life events through art making. Realising the therapeutic benefits that engagement in the creative arts can offer, she completed her degree in Creative Arts before going on to complete a Master of Art Therapy.

Jess enjoys working with a variety of different people. Her experience includes working with people with mental health issues, group facilitation, older people and dementia, disability and with general medicine patients in an inpatient hospital setting.

Jess continues to paint in her free time. She also enjoys working with natural materials, found objects and mixed media. Jess experiences great joy when introducing clients to a range of different materials and assisting a client to discover a medium that they feel they can express themselves through. 

Jess approaches art therapy from a humanistic perspective, highlighting positive regard and compassion for the client. She works with the understanding that the client is the expert of their own lives and provides a safe space for exploration and personal growth.

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Georgie

Senior Arts Therapist and PhD Candidate 

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Georgina Maddox has been a practicing Art Therapist since completing her Advanced Diploma of Art Therapy at IKON institute. She has a broad range of experience working predominately with clients who have experienced trauma, have a disability, severe memory deficits and complex mental health issues.

In addition, Georgina holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Psychological Studies (GradEntry), Bachelor of Psychological Science (First Class Hons) and is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at Flinders University. Georgina’s PhD research is focused on the effects of drawing on memory and clinical cognition, specifically PTSD symptomology. Georgina is extremely passionate about continuing to build a strong evidence base to inform best practice in the use of creative art therapies for mental health.

Georgina is also a practising visual artist. She has been a finalist in several art award exhibitions and has exhibited extensively both locally and nationally. Georgina believes that visual art has unique qualities that are fundamental to our health and wellbeing; it serves a purpose beyond food, water, shelter or any other simple physical necessity. Georgina considers art to be an innate non-verbal tool that allows us to connect, convey, challenge and communicate ideas in the therapeutic setting.

 

Alex

 

Arts Therapist  

Alex has always been immersed in the arts in one form or another. As a musician and majoring in visual arts through school, then working in a design house,

performing with and organising bands and musical theatre lead to Alex co-facilitating music and drama community groups and learning of the therapeutic benefits that were found by all involved.

 

Alex began study to facilitate intentional therapy via the mediums of art and the models of psychotherapeutic practice. He now holds an AssociateDegree in Arts Psychotherapy and is studying to complete his degree in Integrative Psychotherapy.

Alex loves to share arts mediums with all who may benefit from exploration and guidance

through difficult transitions, challenges and different sets of abilities that can limit the

boundaries of personal growth.  Alex uses visual art, sound, movement and drama within his practice. Alex believes people learn to expand their social skills and understand

themselves more when their creative mind is engaged, when there is no pressure to conform to expectations, and especially when there is an element of fun to be had.

 

The philosophies of Arts based therapies have become the cornerstone of Alex’s work

and further studies.

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Aaron

 

Senior Arts Therapist (AThR)

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Aaron is a Registered Arts Therapist (AThR), holding a Master in Art Therapy awarded by LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), and a Bachelor of Social Work from Singapore University of Social Sciences. After 9 years working within Non-Government Organisations, Aaron relocated to Adelaide in December 2019.

Aaron brings with him a range of experience delivering art therapy services within out of home care, street outreach, youth justice, forensic mental health, and adult correctional settings. Additionally, Aaron served as a thesis supervisor for final-year post-graduate art therapy students, and has presented his work at art therapy conferences in Miami, London, and Melbourne. 

 

Adopting a trauma-informed approach to art therapy, Aaron provides a safe and nurturing therapeutic space for clients to embark on a journey of personal development. Aaron recognises that it is a privilege to support children and young people with living life to the fullest. Aaron takes great pride in supporting individuals with discovering and applying innate strengths. 

 

Aaron favours an improvisational approach to visual art-marking. Every object can function beyond its original purpose, and has the potential to facilitate art-making and self-discovery.

Jo

Arts Therapist 

 

Joanne also is known as Jo accidentally fell into Art Therapy while processing some of her

life challenges and saw the therapeutic benefits of using creative arts to heal. This drew her into exploring Arts Therapy as a career that incorporated her love of the arts and helpingothers with a focus on working with children.

Jo has been working with children and young people for more than 20 yrs. Her background in childcare and as an educational and special needs tutor led her to further study and completing her degree in 2020 in Art Psychotherapy at Ikon Institute of Australia.

Jo has always been creative and has a strong musical background that has enhanced her

ability to use music as a modality for exploration and healing. She loves exploring the multi-modal process with clients to find what resonates with them.

Jo also has a strong connection to nature and enjoys gardening and using home-grown vegetables and fruits from the garden.

Jo is an Arts psychotherapist who loves holding space with clients and letting the creative process unfurl by encouraging and gently guiding clients through their art-making. She has the vision to assist and inspire others in their creative processes by connecting, expressing and discovering their authentic self.

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Angela

 

Arts Therapist 

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Hi, my name is Angela. My love of creating and caring for children is what drew me to exploring Art Therapy as an extension of my career working with and helping young people. 

 

 I am passionate about working with young people my background is in childcare and out of school hours care. I have worked with children and adolescents for over 25 yrs. I am an experienced educational team leader and director working with children and their families with ASD, behavioural and high complex needs. I firmly believe that early intervention gives children the greatest chance to live life to their fullest potential. 

 

I have always been creative from an early age. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of creating designs with my Barbie Fashion Plates making shrinky dinks and creating fabric projects with hobbytext. I have dabbled in many crafts over the years from ceramics, pottery, floristry and cake making just to name a few. I started out card making about 25 years ago when a friend introduced me to the wonderful world of rubber stamping and this soon extended into designing and teaching card making, scrapbooking and creative 3d projects.

 

Art making is not about the end product it is the process and discoveries you make along the way and it is a great way to relieve stress and express yourself in a fun and creative way.