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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 (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. Informed by personal and professional experience, as a therapist I feel passionately about upholding the values of the social model of disability, trauma awareness/trauma-informed approach and the neurodiversity paradigm.

I value being a non-judgmental, curious and an open minded person and therapist. I embrace the rich and vast diversity existing within human creative expression and the human experience. I strive to be anti-sexist, anti-ablest, anti-racist, anti-oppression and anti-stigma. I also value being neuro-affirming, gender-affirming, sex positive and kink positive. I am welcoming to those of all gender identities, sexual and relationship orientations, faith groups, races, ethnicities, cultural groups and 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 practicing 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, arts psychotherapies and neurodivergent mental health. This has enabled me to do what I truly enjoy, supporting other community members from all walks of life, also with their mental health and healing journeys. 

My therapeutic approach combines the use of Art Therapy, Eco/nature-based therapy and talk-therapy grounded in evidence-based humanistic and person-centered counselling and psychotherapy approaches. I encourage self-expression through image 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.

Experience

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

  • 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

  • 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:

  • Neurodivergent mental health

  • Trauma and complex trauma

  • Psychosocial disability

  • Adolescent and adult mental health

  • Disability & chronic illness

  • Parents with lived experience of childhood trauma