Counsellor and Art Therapist
My name is Alana Stewart and I am an Art Therapist work with people of all ages living with mental health challenges, trauma and disabilities. My vision is to give people who have been made to feel “different” a safe space where they can process their experiences, access their unique inner-wisdom and feel empowered to be who they really are meant to be.
I use my knowledge in both Art Therapy and Psychology to help people engage in a creative process to help them discover their inner-strengths and navigate through “stuck” emotions.
With exploration of art materials, the creative and emotional areas of the mind are activated which can help people to regulate emotions and better understand themselves.
Art Therapy also can help people to: heal the impacts of trauma and chronic stress, help people to experience a sense of calm and control, gain more mental clarity and gain more confidence through self discovery.
Throughout my life I have noticed the healing and transformative power of art making and creativity. I noticed how art could help people and whole communities to connect and stay resilient through tragic events. My journey towards this understanding began when I was young and would enjoy creating art. Throughout my youth I found art making to be therapeutic and art helped me to understand myself and my own humanness. This made me eager and curious to know more and as a young adult I became fascinated by psychology. I began studying psychology at a university whilst also continuing study in visual art. During my time at uni I also worked as a disability support worker and and youth worker and wondered if there was a way I could combine my love of the art process with my knowledge in psychology. I discovered the world of art therapy and completed my Masters in it focusing on the clinical application of Art Therapy in mental health settings with trauma. After studying visual art, psychology and art therapy, I believe that art making holds a transformative power that can help us to find our strengths, engage in self discovery and lead us towards more inner-wellbeing.
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with Minor in Visual Arts
- Masters of Art Therapy
- Professional Member of ANZACATA
- Visual Artist
- Several years experience working directly with children and adults who live with disabilities, mental illness and/or trauma
- Registered NDIS Provider
I am passionate about supporting children and adults who live with disabilities, chronic illness, post-traumatic
Children & Adolescents,Youth, Adults Disabilities
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Chronic Illness
- Mental Health
- Chronic Stress
- Complex Trauma/PTSD
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Self Harm
- Grief & Loss
- Womens’ Issues
- Life Transitions