Josie is the owner of The ART of SHE (Psychotherapy, Expressive Arts and Counselling for young girls, teens and women. The Art of She provides a respectful, non-judgemental, and safe space for young girls, teens and women to embark on a journey of self-discovery through the creative process and counselling.
Josie draws on her university training, her vast experience working in the social justice sector, managing a variety of mental health facilities as well as her fundamental belief in the power of person-centred Counselling complemented with Expressive Arts as a process to new ways of knowing and being.
Josie is trained to use expressive arts such as integrated sand therapy, play therapy, clay therapy, guided drawing and other evidenced-based modalities under a person-centred, trauma-informed framework to promote self-expression and personal growth.
Josie also works with clients in the processing of childhood trauma, PTSD and complex trauma. I provide safe, confidential, supportive counselling through an integrative psychotherapeutic approach.
Josie is a mother of two adult children, is married, has a wealth of life experience, and has dedicated her lifelong passion to working in the mental health and wellbeing sector. She has worked in a variety of places including, postnatal mother and baby services, women’s health centres, women’s transitional housing working with both parents, caregivers and children, NGOs, schools, and community mental health settings.
I am passionate about the mental health and well-being of young girls, teens and women.
After working in services for 20 years I made the decision to resign from my management role to pursue further study with a view to commencing private practice. My experience in the Mental Health sector with the recognition of the need for more holistic support to complement a more mainstream approach has motivated me to pursue private practice.
Life throws many ups and downs and I believe in having the freedom to feel, express, reflect, and develop insights. In my own journey, I've experienced the power of Expressive Arts in healing which led to an increase in my own self-awareness and growth. To compliment my creative passion the practice of regular meditation coupled with spending time with nature have been significant to my general wellbeing.
As a qualified therapist, my work is not about fixing people's challenges, rather I focus on facilitating your journey through a collaborative creative/counseling process.
I am professionally trained and registered with The Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia (PACFA), and the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association (IMTT).
My approach is to support individuals to explore, create and reflect on their individual journeys and to access their inner strengths and resources as a way of healing.
The first session will provide a discussion of the process, including details such as session timings, paperwork, how we can work together to achieve a positive working relationship, confidentiality etc. I will also explain my psychotherapeutic approach to counselling so that you have a good understanding of the process. From there we will work toward gaining a clearer understanding of the issues that are of concern to you and continue to work together.
During my career, I have supported children, young girls, and women who have been impacted by some kind of trauma and I recognize the need for continued trauma-informed care.
Trauma-informed care is based on the understanding that:
- a significant number of people living with mental health distress have experienced trauma in their lives
- trauma may be a factor for people in distress
- trauma can impact the person, their emotions, and relationships with others.
- BA Soc Sc.
- Diploma of Arts Psychotherapy
- Diploma of Counselling
- Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy
- Sand tray/Play Certificates
- Woman’s Circle Facilitator
- Yoga Nidra Facilitator
- Play therapy with children and young girls
- Individual Counselling
- Emotional Regulation through sensory awareness
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Integrated Sand Therapy
- Women's/Teens and Preteen's Circles
- Expressive Arts Workshops
- Yoga Nidra