Hi, I'm Rae and I am non-binary (they/them) with a lived experience of neurodiversity. I am very passionate about disability rights, LGBTQIA+, and mental health. I am also vegan and love animals. I have a pet cat named Mashu.
When working therapeutically, I use a person-centred and strengths-based approach to assist individuals to access their internal resources and build their resilience.
My core values include; connection, expression, imagination, optimism, authenticity, courage, empowerment and personal congruence.
I have had experience working with a broad range of clients, from children with special needs to elderly people with dementia. I have a background, over 10 years, in graphic design and I am passionate about incorporating digital technologies into therapeutic spaces and my practice. I also was a group facilitator and offered helpline support for Family Drug Help at SHARC (Self Help Addiction Resource Centre). I have facilitated workshops for female, trans and gender diverse youths at Girls Rock! I also have a background in support work.
I have received the Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts from the MIECAT Institute and the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy from the IKON Institute. I am able to facilitate in a multi-modality capacity, offering other art expressions such as narrative, music, drama and dance. I have a membership with ANZACATA (Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association). I also have a Working With Children Check and a valid Australian Police Check.
I have always been interested in the arts and participated in music, art, drama, dance, film workshops from an early age. I developed an interest in street art and in 2014 organised an international street art exhibition at the St Kilda Espy Hotel. My personal street art was included in the “NGV Melbourne Now” curated exhibition in Hosier Lane in 2014 and the Thames & Hudson book “Inside Street Art Melbourne" in 2016. 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 myself to explore further the therapeutic value of using the arts in therapy.