Hi, I'm Rae and I am Non-Binary (they/them) with a lived experience of Neurodiversity and Chronic Illness. I am very passionate about Disability Rights, the LGBTQIA+ Community and Mental Health. I am also vegan and love animals. I have a pet cat named Mashu, whom you might even meet in one of your sessions.
When working therapeutically, I use a person-centred and strengths-based approach to assist individuals to access their internal resources and building their resilience.
My core values include; connection, expression, creativity, imagination, curiosity, authenticity, courage, empowerment, personal congruence and autonomy.
I have experience working with a broad range of clients, from neurodivergent young people to elderly people with dementia. I have facilitated Arts Therapy workshops for female, trans and gender diverse youths at Amplified Victoria (AKA Girls Rock) and for staff members at DFFH (Department of Families, Fairness and Housing). Now I work with clients through the DHHS (Department of Health and Human Service), the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and Private Practice.
Before this, I was a group facilitator and offered helpline support for Family Drug Help at SHARC (Self Help Addiction Resource Centre). I also have worked as a disability support worker. My background also includes over 10 years in Graphic Design and I am passionate about incorporating digital technologies into therapeutic spaces and my practice.
I have received the Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts from the MIECAT Institute and the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy from the IKON Institute. I facilitate in a multi-modality capacity, offering other art expressions such as narrative, music, drama and dance. I have memberships with ANZACATA (Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association) and AusPATH (Australian Professional Association for Transgender Health). I have also done Professional Development Training in a range of Psychotherapy Modalities such as IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy) and Rhythms and Regulation with Dr Cathy Malchiodi.
I have always been interested in the arts and participated in music, art, drama, dance, film workshops from an early age. When I got older I developed an interest in street art. There was a reoccurring narrative in this community that art was powerful in supporting and creating positive change in people’s lives. This sparked an interest in me to explore further the therapeutic value of using the arts in therapy. In 2014 I organised an international street art exhibition at the St Kilda Espy Hotel. My personal street art has been included in the “NGV Melbourne Now” curated exhibition in Hosier Lane in 2014 and the Thames & Hudson book “Inside Street Art Melbourne" in 2016.