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Expressive Therapy For Kids

Creativity Heals
“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing, or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity."
Natalie Rogers

Why Expressive Therapy?

Movement, creativity and play are the natural ways a child explores and understands themselves and their world. Expressive therapies harness these processes in a way that assists harmony and integration in a developing brain and body, which ultimately influences improvement in all levels of functioning and enhances wellbeing. The child’s sensory threshold and preferences can be sensitivity accounted for in the design and choice of modality offered withing a given session.

Renae’s therapeutic approach is gentle, supportive, intuitive, collaborative, relationship-focused and most importantly child-centred.  Renae has experience as a specialist in children's mental health and provides trauma-focused Expressive Therapy Services to children 12 years and under. Expressive Therapy can support children who have been impacted by challenges such as family dysfunction, loss, illness, social isolation or other traumatic life events.

NDIS Rebates

Body-based interventions such as Aerial Yoga and Expressive Therapies are options for individuals receiving self-managed NDIS support for intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, physical, or psychosocial needs who may benefit from:

* Reduced anxiety through swinging,  inverting and being cradled
* Increasing motor skills, balance and coordination
* Improving attention and focus
* Integrating sensory input processing
* Building confidence and self-esteem
* Social inclusion in a fun physical         experience

The Programs

We offer a variety of programs in North Tamborine Mountain, where children also benefit from the natural surroundings of the rainforest, birds, and wallabies. There is evidence that being in nature lowers blood pressure and the heart rate, and lowers the stress response from stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

We also offer sessions virtually via Zoom which offers a secure professional online platform and offers the benefits of not having to leave home to attend your session. This requires having a safe, private, and art-appropriate space allocated in the home environment.

The Group Therapy program is comprised of up to 3 children grouped by age and, where possible, referral reasons. Sessions are 90-min and are recommended for a period of 10 weeks within the school terms.

The Individual Therapy program supports children in a one-on-one setting in 60-minute sessions. Program duration is assessed on a case-by-case basis and ranges from 10-20 weeks.

The Dyad Therapy program is a process where the caregivers join their child on their therapeutic journey in these joint sessions which are delivered by one Expressive Therapist in 60-minute sessions over a period of up to 20 weeks. When appropriate, this program can also include therapeutic support for carers and the younger siblings of participating children.

How to Apply

To ensure a network of care around the child, all children must be referred by a suitable professional currently working with the child and/or family - usually from the health, education or welfare sector. Examples include GPs, school counsellors and caseworkers. Children cannot be referred by a family member. Please contact us if you would like to discuss an appropriate referrer for your child.

Feedback and Recommendations
Upon completion of a program, referrers and caregivers receive a summary of the child's participation in our program with any further recommendations - if required. To validate the program's efficacy, we ask caregivers and referrers to complete an online evaluation/questionnaire.

Referral Process
Referring professionals are required to contact us for a referral pack. One referral form, including a signed consent form by the caregivers and referrer must be completed for each child in consultation with caregivers. 

Completed referrals should be emailed to:

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone on 0431 602 820 or email:

For Emergency Support

please contact your crisis helplines

• Lifeline: 13 11 14
• Suicide Callback: 1300 659 467
• Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
• 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732

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