Like all of life’s best journeys Sunflower and Ivy’s beginning was full of twists and turns. Initially starting as a small business selling therapeutic gift boxes, it has since evolved into a little hub of art therapy in Perth, Western Australia.
My personal story begins on the beautiful and isolated coast of the Great Southern. Following a rural and creative childhood I pursued an adventurous itch to the big city via Perth and later Melbourne. Building upon a Bachelor of Visual Arts and years of community work, I completed a Master of Art Therapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2014. With the salty waters of home calling, I returned to Perth shortly after and continued to work as a family and children’s counsellor within the area of complex trauma and out-of-home care. Now dedicated to Sunflower and Ivy, I spend my time between business administration, developing workshops and working individually with children facing a diverse range of difficulties and challenges in private practice. I am also a member of the ANZATA regional committee.
As a ‘little hub’, my hope is that Sunflower and Ivy will grow into a beating heart of art therapy in Perth. Somewhere where both the experienced and the skeptical are welcome and programs can cater for both the playful and serious sides the medium has to offer. While art + therapy may sound ambiguous to some people, you can be assured our practice is firmly planted in humanistic approaches to psychotherapy combining the best of counselling and art based techniques. All practitioners, myself included, have both postgraduate qualifications and are registered with the governing body; ANZATA.
Sunflower and Ivy is a place where the deep and rich connection between art and healing can be tugged at and explored safely through community, small group and individual programs.With a particular interest in increasing self-esteem, emotional resilience and anxiety reduction through art therapy, you’ll find this flavors much of the work we do.
You can find further details about the services on offer and art therapy throughout the rest of the website and i welcome you to get in touch with any further queries.
BContempArts, MA(Ath), AThR