Alana Stewart, AThR
Welcome. My name is Alana and I am a Art Therapist/Psychotherapist and registered NDIS provider. Throughout my life I have noticed the healing and transformative power of art making and creativity. I began my journey as an artist in my childhood and adolescence. I always noticed how the act of creating helped me to process my experiences, understand myself more and feel better. It was this experience that led me to then study Psychology, Visual Art and Art Therapy for several years in higher education. I dedicated myself to learning about mental health and the science of how art can help us psychologically and received training as a psychotherapist practicing Art Therapy.
I am passionate about using creative psychotherapies to work with youth and adults who have disabilities and mental health challenges. At the heart of how I work I am a person-centered therapist who values my client's lived experience. My practice is trauma-informed and grounded in evidence-based psychological approaches.
Alana Stewart is a Registered Art Therapist/Psychotherapist with ANZACATA (professional level). She holds a degree in Psychology (with minor in visual art) as well as a Masters in Art Therapy.
Prior to becoming an Art Psychotherapist, Alana has a long work history in community services and health care since 2012. She first worked as a disability support worker for several years in private family homes and has also worked in other types of community support mental health roles with with refugee children, out of home youth, those who have psychosocial disability and have experienced homelessness. Alana trained as an Art Therapist in psychiatric clinical settings and now works in private practice as an independent NDIS provider since May 2019.
She is available Tuesdays in Eltham, Victoria at the Balanced Wellbeing Center and provides outreach and online services on other days.
Alana has experience with the following:
- Trauma & complex trauma
- Family violence
- Self harm
- BPD/CPTSD, PTSD
- Anxiety & Depression
- Grief & loss
- Body image
- Neurodiversity - ASD & ADHD
- Childhood behaviours & Parenting support
- Chronic illness
- Intellectual disability
- Wheelchair users & limited mobility
- LBGBTQI+ Allied, Non-Binary Allied