Hello, I'm Sally, passionate about living a creative life through my art and work as an art therapist.
Creativity brings with it so many benefits; expression, freedom, perspective, mental calm, joy and comfort and provides us with a fresh and empowered lens on life.
As a registered Art Therapist (AThR) I specialise in art psychotherapy and have additional training in play based therapies such as Theraplay®, Synergetic Play Therapy and sand tray therapy. I have 10 years experience working with children and adolescents, adults with disabilities, complex needs and neurological conditions and have experience in a variety of settings including acute inpatient psychiatric units, primary and secondary schools, intensive family support teams and foster care services.
My therapeutic approach is gentle, collaborative and relationship focussed, and is informed by evidence from neuroscience, attachment and trauma research. I am a professional member of the Australian and New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), and having spent many years in Scotland, a former member of the UK's Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I have a special interest in trauma processing and use creative methods to support people through abuse, dissociation and relational issues. When working with families, I am interested in how biology and culture shape the way we parent and how we maintain our sense of self in the parent role while doing the very best we can for our children.
I am passionate about collaborative practice and strengthening community engagement with the arts. I maintain my own art practice, currently using painting as a form of meditation, around caring for my two young boys. When I'm not working I love to be at the beach, on top of a hill or surrounded by trees.
Please get in touch. I would be honoured to support you or your family member as we navigate the difficulties together.
MA Art Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne
BA Visual Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, (Printmaking, Textiles, Anthropology)
Cert. Fine Art, Queensland College of Art
Since qualifying, Sally has undertaken additional training in:
Trauma and Dissociation, Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (now Carolyn Spring), UK)
Mentalisation based art psychotherapy, NHS London
Synergetic Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy Institute Colarado
Life Story work, Richard Rose, Aberdeen
Attachment and out of home care, Scottish Attachment in Action
Parent-child Dyadic art psychotherapy, Mary-Rose Brady, BAAT UK
Theraplay Level One, Compass Seminars
Guided Drawing, Institute of Sensorimotor Art Therapy
Gestalt Sandplay Therapy, Gestaly Art Therapy Insitute Brisbane
Child-centred Sandplay, Relationships Scotland
Autism Fundamentals, Dr Belinda Radcliffe online
Roots of Empathy (Canada)
Storytelling workshops for at risk families, Action for Children UK