Meet the Team
Welcome to Arts Therapy Spectrum.
I'm Donna, owner, senior arts therapist and play therapist.
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 clients with ASD.
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 in 2020 will be graduating in a Masters in Therapeutic Arts practice at 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!
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.
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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