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About

Alana Stewart, AThR

Welcome.

My name is Alana and I am a Registered Art Therapist with ANZACATA (professional level) and registered NDIS provider. I became passionate about studying Psychology and Art Therapy after experiencing how creative expression through art helped me to better process my experiences, better understand myself and grow as a person. Through this, I became especially interested in the field of Art Therapy and training as a therapist to supporting others to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of creativity. 

I have personal connection to the experience of disability, mental ill health and autism through my close family relations and feel passionate about disability and diversity awareness, acceptance and inclusion. I practice as a mental health therapist using Art Therapy, Arts Psychotherapy and counselling. Through my interest and understanding of the relationship between nature and human health, I also incorporate nature-based therapies into my Art Therapy approach. I encourage image making to engage in a process of self exploration, expression, discovery, and learning. I listen with patience and respect and honor my clients lived experience.

 

My practice is trauma-informed, person-centered, diversity affirming and is grounded in evidence-based counselling and psychotherapy approaches.

My Art Therapy approach is open and accessible. Participation does not require any art skills or training, just a willingness to learn about ones self.

Experience

  • Registered Art Therapist (AThR) with ANZACATA (professional level) since 2018 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), with minor in visual art - ACU, completed 2015 

  • Masters of Art Therapy - La Trobe University, completed 2018

  • Started Private Practice - Finding Wellbeing Art Therapy & Counselling, May 2019

  • Studio Owner - Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio, officially opened Jan 2022

Professional Development Courses

  • Tuning Relationships with Music - Level 1 & 2 - 2021

  • Current Forest Therapy Guide Student of International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance - 2021 & present

Prior to becoming an Art Therapist, Alana holds a long work history in community and disability services since 2012. She first worked as a disability support worker for several years then moved into youth community support work with children and adolescents in out of home care impacted by trauma. In 2019 she worked as a mental health practitioner with Mind Australia with NDIS participants impacted by psychosocial disability before becoming an NDIS provider herself and starting her private practice.

Alana's Art Therapy masters training also included working as a student therapist at the Alfred Hospital in psychiatric inpatient ward and for Mind Australia in a subclinical Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC). 

Areas of interest:

  • Neurodiverse mental health

  • Psychosocial disability

  • Trauma and complex trauma

  • Adolescent mental health

  • Disability & chronic illness

  • Mothers with trauma