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Who Am I ?
My name is Mairead (merade) and I am an Adults Only Practitioner.
I established Art of Life Counselling as a private practice, specialising
in Trauma in 2012.
I am based is Altona, by the bay in Melbourne's West and provide
workshops all over Melbourne and beyond
Face to Face or via ZOOM
My services include:
Transpersonal Creative Arts Therapy
Industry Related Stress and Trauma Informed Training
Work place team building and Professional Development
Exposure Therapy for Fear of Dogs (Cynaphobia)
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy ( Therapy Dog work )
Together we can work on transforming:
Trauma P.T.S.D & C-P.T S D
Grief and loss
Symptoms of Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs
NB: I am unavailable for AOD or couples relationship counselling
Previously held positions
Art Therapist and Animal Assisted therapist at The Mews Aged Care
Victorian coordinator of Survivors Australia, a support network for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Web NA)
Art Therapist - Inner Space Specialist AOD.
Peer Support Worker - St Vincent's Hospital Mental Health
Public Speaker on P.T.S.D for Victoria Homicide Victims Support Group
Art Therapy Consultant - Very Special Kids Children's Hospice / Creative Arts Therapy Australia
In 2012 I was honoured with an Inspirational Women's Award from the
Hobsons Bay City Council for my years of community volunteer work,
particularly in the field advocacy and support of adult survivors of
childhood sexual abuse.
Our time together will offer you new opportunities to examine personal
strengths so that you may continue to move forward to a more fulfilling
life purpose, under your own terms, not ruled by your past.
I believe that learning to gently examine difficult, emotions and body
sensations in the present moment, with sensitivity and curiosity, we
may discover personal perspectives about how to let go of individual past
trauma and the thoughts and behaviours that may have developed in
order to survive at the time.
Trauma Informed Workshops
for the Workplace
I specialise in the intricacies of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D) and Complex P.T.S.D. which are intense stress responses to traumatic events.
Being prepared for situations before they arise and providing researched,
tested and humanistic information after the event, can reduce the physical, emotional and psychological impacts that may develop.
I back up the psycho-education with valuable tools to aid recovery, maintain psychological health and encourage emotional balance.
My workshops provide support and training in:
Psycho-education about brain plasticity and psychological trauma
Why we may respond the way we do in certain situations
Team support in the face of stress and trauma
How to leave work content and situations, at work
Knowing when you are triggered
Stress relief strategies
You can also request other mental health specific topics to be delivered
With over 10 year experience in public speaking, presentations, MC and
educational presentations, you can be assured that you will receive a quality
delivery, safe facilitation and entertaining experience
NB: I am unavailable for marriage guidance or family counselling,
child, adolescent or addiction counselling.
Engagement with Moon Shadow may help with understanding your personal strengths, engaging in play with your inner child and processing relationship patterns.
Exposure therapy will include getting to know the "Dog Squad", our little fluffy helpers.
Delivering Trauma Informed Counselling and Art Therapy in Private Practice for 8 years