Hello, I'm Sally, I am an art therapist and artist and have been providing art therapy to individuals, families and communities since 2009.
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 play therapy. I have 10 years experience working with children and adolescents, adults with disabilities, complex needs and neurological conditions.
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 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.
MA Art Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne
BA Visual Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, (Printmaking, Textiles)
Cert. Fine Art, Queensland College of Art
Since qualifying, I have undertaken additional training in:
Trauma and Dissociation (PODS, UK), Mentalisation based art psychotherapy, Synergetic Play Therapy, Life Story work, Attachment and out of home care, Parent-child Dyadic art psychotherapy, Theraplay Level One, Guided Drawing (Sensorimotor Art Therapy), Gestalt Sandplay Therapy, Child-centred Sandplay, Autism Fundamentals, Roots of Empathy (Canada), Storytelling workshops for at risk families.
As a parent, I have attended and am familiar with Circle of Security and 123 Magic parenting programs.