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, and how this can help people to heal, grow and create a meaningful life. When I have time to myself, I love visiting Victoria's historical sites and nature reserves, trying new crafts and talking to my pet budgie.
I am passionate about working with adults and children who have disabilities and mental health challenges and using creative psychotherapies. At the heart of how I work I am a person-centered therapist who values my client's lived experience. I am a trauma-informed Art Therapist and use psychological interventions from approaches such as mindfulness, sensorymotor psychotherapy, and cognitive and behavioural approaches.
Alana Stewart is a Registered Art Psychotherapist with ANZACATA (professional level). She holds a degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Art Therapy.
Prior to becoming an Art Psychotherapist, Alana worked as a disability support worker for several years in family homes. Alana has also worked in other types of mental health related support work roles with with refugee children, youth who have experienced homelessness, adults and youth with psychosocial disability and dual disability. Alana now works as an Art Psychotherapist one day a week in Eltham, Victoria at the Balanced Wellbeing Center and provides outreach on other days. Her private practice has been running since May 2019 and she is an independent NDIS provider.
As an Art Therapist, Alana has experience with the following:
- Trauma & complex trauma
- Family violence
- Self harm
- BPD & 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