Art Therapy

Art Therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the mental, emotional and physical well-being of individuals of all ages.     The exercises used in art therapy are not bound by anyone’s artistic capabilities and are facilitated in a caring and safe environment

  • Learn to look and think in different ways
  • Create stillness
  • Increase awareness
  • Promote relaxation
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Helps to distract thoughts Encourages focus
  • Increases self esteem through creativity
  • Allows venting to release stress


Individual, couples and small group sessions are available.

Please contact or call 02 4963 1387 to book or for more information

“ Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse


Amanda Birkbeck – Art Therapist

Amanda is passionate about art therapy and believes that its powers of renewed perspective, emotional healing and deeply imaginative self-expression can benefit everyone.  She has worked with both youth and adults and enjoys facilitating art therapy with individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds.  Amanda studied Fine Arts and English Language and Literature and received her Bachelors Degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in the US. Having completed a certificate and diploma through the College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy, she is now completing the Masters of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University.



Karen O’Dell – Art Therapist

As a Visual artist and Art Therapist, Karen loves all things creative. She has a desire to bring people and creativity together in order to help individuals to discover the best in themselves. Karen is a wife and mother to 3 daughters and has 3 grandchildren.

Karen has a Diploma in Art Therapy completed through the College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art, Newcastle University.  Karen has worked both as an art therapist and as an artist with a wide variety of ages in both groups and individual sessions. Karen has a strong belief in the art therapy process and its ability to bring joy and instill hope, provide clarity and understanding.



Kirrili Lonergan – Art Therapist

Kirrili Lonergan is an art therapist and picture book illustrator who resides in Newcastle NSW with her husband and four children. She has a passion for self-expression through art and visual storytelling and she relates warmly to the needs of children and families through her many years working as a paediatric nurse. She is the illustrator of the Lessons of a LAC picture book series and the co-creator of the Lessons of a LAC anxiety management sessions. She has completed a Diploma in Art Therapy through the College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy and also a Certificate IV in Ceramics at Newcastle TAFE.