Alana Stewart, AThR - (she/her)
Registered Art Therapist & NDIS Provider
BA. Psychology, M. Art Therapy
Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio
Mill Park, The Stables
new referrals: firstname.lastname@example.org
M: 0403 117 361
Proudly an independent NDIS Provider
Owner and operator of the Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio
Alana Stewart, AThR
My name is Alana and I am a Registered Art Therapist with ANZACATA (professional level) and registered NDIS provider (Therapy Supports: Art Therapist).
I am a professional therapist with lived experience of neurodivergence and personal connection to disability, mental ill health and autism through my close family relations. My personal interests are: trying new crafts, learning pottery and ceramic art, adventures in nature, animals, numanistics collecting, learning about social sciences and learning about neurodivergence.
I value being a non-judgmental, curious and an open-minded person. I strive to be anti-sexist, anti-ablest, anti-racist, anti-oppression and anti-stigma. Informed by personal and professional lived experience, I feel passionately about upholding the values of the social model of disability, trauma awareness/trauma-informed approach and the neurodiversity paradigm. I work with a neuro-affirming, gender-affirming, sex-positive and LGBTQIA+ affirming therapeutic approach. I welcome those of all gender identities, sexual and relationship orientations, faith groups, races, ethnicities, cultural groups and people of all walks of life.
My journey towards becoming a therapist began in my late adolescence to early adulthood after experiencing personal healing and growth through creative expression and the arts myself. I became deeply interested in learning about psychology and expressing through my favorite art forms. Through these interests I came to train as an Art Therapist and have dedicated myself to a continual learning journey about trauma, mental health, neurodiversity, psychotherapy and creative methods for healing. This has enabled me to do what I truly enjoy, supporting other community members from all walks of life with their mental health and healing journeys.
My therapeutic approach is grounded in humanistic and person-centered counselling and psychotherapy with a primary focus on trauma and/or mental health recovery and personal empowerment. I encourage self-expression through image/art making and other creativity for self-exploration, self-discovery, and deeper learning about self. I listen with patience, respect and honor my clients lived experience.
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Psychology degree with minor in visual art - ACU, completed 2015
Masters of Art Therapy - within School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, completed 2018
Registered Art Therapist (AThR) - Professional Member of ANZACATA since 2018
Started Private Practice - Finding Wellbeing Art Therapy & Counselling, May 2019
Registered NDIS Provider - Therapy Supports: Art Therapist since 2019
Studio Director - Yellow Gum Art Therapy Studio, officially opened Jan 2022
Certified Forest Therapy Guide - Member & Certified Guide: International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance. since 2023
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).
Things I help with:
Depression & Anxiety
PTSD & complex trauma
Neurodivergent mental health (neuro-affirming approach)
Adolescent mental health
Grief & loss
Parents with lived experience of childhood trauma