I have recently moved to Esperance with my partner and two dogs from Perth, where I lived for the past 20 years. Art making has always been a big part of my life since my mother is a sculptor. As a child and adolescent, I moved counties and continents several times, experiencing many big life transitions. Adolescence was a very difficult time for me. I struggled with depression and anxiety and I suffered several traumatic, life changing experiences. In my darkest moments, I came to accept that my suffering held important learnings so that I could later help others who are going through struggles. I also became an avid meditation practitioner and read every book on spirituality and personal development that I could get my hands on.
Throughout the years, the support of various therapists helped me on my journey of healing. I am well aware of how much it means to have compassionate, non-judgmental support and understanding when we are in the darkest places, feeling alone or lost. After over twenty years of meditation practice, I started experiencing a series of profound spiritual awakenings. While my experiences brought me moments of great bliss, beauty and connectedness, there were also periods of deep darkness and confusion as all the unhealed parts of me came forth to be transformed. As I gradually learnt to welcome home all the parts of me, through sustained work using art therapy and other somatic - based approaches, I felt called to start the humbling and sacred journey towards becoming a therapist, so that I may give back to others from the gifts I felt blessed with through my journey of healing.
I know what it is like to face the darkest places within, and to transform even the most painful and scary parts though acceptance and self-compassion into strengths, insights and gifts. I have come to trust in our innate capacity for healing, expansion and growth and this is what I am most passionate about sharing with others.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and I am a member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). I also have undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and Landscape Architecture. I have undertaken courses and training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and I am currently completing further studies in Somatic Attachment approaches to working with healing the nervous system and trauma. I also currently work as an artist and serve on the committee of the Cannery Arts Centre.