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Group creative arts therapy,                                 Counselling, Wellness Coaching  


 

As your Group  Creative Arts Therapist, Trauma Informed Counsellor and Wellness Coach, I offer a safe, client centred approach to every session. I will encourage you to experience new processes and knowledge which may enable personal wisdom to surface. I strongly believe that we each hold our own answers to ease us away from the  'Stuck' feelings that we commonly experience. Often it is the process of witnessing our truths that enables transformation. I no hold one to one sessions unless part of group orientation or followup.

 

I am practiced in the benefits of: 

Mairead Ashcroft - Creative Arts Therapist, Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach, Author of Art of Life and Curiosity

WELCOME

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor in Holistic Counselling - Phoenix Institute

  • Associate Degree Holistic Counselling - Phoenix

  • Advanced Diploma in Art therapy - Phoenix

  • Diploma in Corporate Wellness - Centre of Excellence

  • Advanced Certificate Mindfulness Practice - Monash University

  • Advanced Certification in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy and Master Class in Trauma Interventions Short (Documentary Here featuring Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog)- Lead the Way Institute

  • Creative Expressions: Story Writing, Journaling & Poetry Inspired by Nature: Outdoor Therapeutic Environments  Crafting Health: Craft and Manual Arts.    The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health - University of Tasmania, Arts and Health, School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health  

  • Cert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competency - N.S.W University, Centre for Cultural Competence Australia (CCCA) 

  • Cert 1V in Training  and Assessment- Victoria University 

 

My private practice began 2012. I have been honoured to work with a wide demographic of people in our community, including those experiencing refugee and displacement status,  homelessness, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and survivor of domestic violence and those recovering from addiction with intravenous and other drug use and alcohol abuse.

 

I am now focusing on group based practic. I am a client centred, strengths focused practitioner who bases my group modalities on the many topics covered in my book my book, Art of Life and Curiosity ~ Creative mental health, Wellbeing and life balance exploration.

Resume:

  • Author of Art of Life and Curiosity - 2023

  • Creater of Art of Life and Curiosity Reflection Cards 2023

  • Mental Health Practitioner in Private Practice since 2012 - NO LONGER TAKING ONE-TO-ONE CLIENTS

  • Art of Life and Curiosity One Day Retreats Various Locations around Australia2023 - Ongoing 

  • Adult Creative Wellness  3.5 hr Workshops  Various Locations around Australia,  2012 - Ongoing

  • Psycho Education in Trauma Informed Care, Corporate and Community, 2018 - ongoing

  • Advocate for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, 2004 - ongoing

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  • Pain Management Support Group - Wyndham Council, 2018 - 2020

  • Aged care supporting people experiencing long term mental health issues and a recent, additional diagnosis of  dementia          2018-2019 

  • Art therapist consultant at an end of life hospice for chronically and terminally ill children. Very Special Kids / Creative Art Therapy Australia 2014- 2019

  • Member of a mental health H.A.R.P team at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne 2016-2018

  • Contributor to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations 2014

  • Art Therapist Inner Space -  Intravenous drug use and other addictions, many homeless 2013-2015

  • Recipient of City of Hobson Bay Inspirational Woman’s Award 2012.

  •  Contributor to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse 2011

  • Victorian coordinator of Survivors Australia - Support for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 2009-2011

I continue to be involved in community mental health education, I am proactive in reducing mental health stigma and have contributed to improve Australian laws with regards legal responses to child abuse for future generations.

"When we are true to our own values our lives will present less conflict in one's own thoughts, emotions and body felt experiences." (Natalie Rogers.)

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o4o1 649 967 

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