Art Therapist, Child Therapist, Adults, Disability, Aged Care
I am a practicing visual and sound artist and have worked with those in the community experiencing disability and disadvantage, and also with aged care, for over thirteen years. I facilitate arts workshops for the culturally diverse and vulnerable members of the community, as well as individual therapy sessions. In this role it is required that I work with a developmentally appropriate therapeutic framework attuned to often multiple and complex needs of each client.
More about my practice as an Art Therapist
The learnings from a Masters in Mental Health, Majoring in Art Therapy, underpins my approach as Therapist for children who have experienced trauma and are now in foster care. I also continue to work therapeutically with the elderly in their private residence or at nursing homes.
My application to therapy is gentle, and the joy of play and creating art helps to slow down one's internal rhythm, similar to meditation. The level of hurt from trauma can be lifted and released, which can be freeing and liberating for the client.
Norton is a therapy dog who is willing to meet my clients and be present during session. He immediately puts all people at ease, as he too is very gentle and caring.
How do I create when I don't know art?
There is always a place to start when you are given an opportunity with a good listener, a caring and understanding approach, experience in art making and psychology and wonderful art materials. It is all about being in the moment, letting go of the need for an end product in art making. Confidence in self will grow, patience and understanding in ability will be shared.
The distinction between my service and others is that I provide, not only work from my therapy room, but also offer an outreach advantage where I will travel to your home, school, or residential facility for either a personal therapy session, or group therapy session. I generally service the northern Brisbane suburbs and Moreton Bay Region. With my approach, I am guided by the client, and will only operate within a framework of gentleness and emotional safety.
Anthea Patrick, Art Therapist Services
I have a Master of Mental Health from the University of Queensland, Majoring in Art Therapy. I also have a Diploma of Visual Art and Diploma of Community Services Work. I am registered with ANZACATA - the peak professional body representing creative therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region. I am also a registered Service Provider with the NDIS, and Circle of Security Parenting Program Facilitator.
I want all of my clients to experience the highest level of professionalism as we work together on our journey of self realisation.
Therapy hours of service
Tues - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm