Healing Through Arts Team
Hi I’m Kerri, the owner and Director of Healing Through Arts.
I have a Post Grad in Arts Psychotherapy, Dip Counselling and am a practicing Reiki Master/Teacher as well as an artist. I’m passionate about social justice, equality and am driven to constantly motivate myself and others to stand up for what we believe in and who we are, take control of our lives and be as authentic as possible. I have always had an intense curiosity about life, nature and a wonderment of all life forms that is constantly propelling me to find deeper meanings to pretty much everything.
Since 2004 I have worked in areas such as community mental health including psychiatric disabilities and co-morbidity, community and residential aged care, unaccompanied refugee minors, carers, disability and the metaphysical and holistic wellbeing fields.
My vision for Healing Through Arts is providing professional, empowering and innovative services for all people for the purpose of healing and growth using the infinite supply of the creative arts as the tools for self-discovery and the connection to ourselves and each other as the foundation.
If we want to change behaviours, we need to “go there”. And for our clients, this is possible and achievable when we as Therapists, are already there.
I’m Raphael, and am a trained Arts Psychotherapist, and also have a bachelor’s degree in psychology (BBSci), and another in sociology (BA). I am a member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA).
From an early age, without knowing it, I used art as an emotional outlet. It was after studying psychology and learning about Art Therapy that I realised this and pursued a career in Arts Psychotherapy.
I am deeply interested in people, in our behaviours, and in interactions – as individuals, as families, as communities, and as societies. To put it simply, I like to find out what makes us ‘tick’. Some of my interests which I enjoy reading about include the neuroscience of creativity, society, culture, the brain and brain development, the philosophy of consciousness, and existential philosophy.
Curiosity and compassion drive my art therapy practice. I am always learning more about the vastness of human experiences, symbols, and consciousness, and integrating this into my approach as a therapist.
Hi, my name is Sophie. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Uni SA Magill Campus whilst working as an Administration Worker at Healing Through Arts.
I’m gaining valuable work experience within the Business industry and in the future strive to educate others on my knowledge of Psychology. My hobbies include going shopping, hanging out with friends and going to the gym.
Hi, I’m Georgia and am an Art Therapist and also a professional Visual Artist (B.A)
I believe in the importance of concentrating on our emotional intelligence and encourage people to connect with themselves. Over the past 3 years I have supported ‘at risk’ women and children, helping identify and develop personal meaning. I have training in counselling, school therapy interventions and after school care and specialise is relationship building with young person’s experiencing trauma.
For my own therapy I attempt to explore representations of the ‘self’ by photographing the construction and deconstruction of architecture.
I believe Art Therapy can multiply pathways by which a person can seek meaning, clarity and healing. While one might find talk therapy to be useful, another might prefer to use movement, art, journaling, sensory engagement or a combination of different artistic experiences during Therapy.
I look forward to working with you and the wonderful team at Healing Through Arts.
Rebecca (Bec) Rachou
Hi I’m Bec, a wife and mum of 2 boys and joined Healing Through Arts from the Humanitarian and Welfare sector. I am a born and bred South Australian who has qualifications in Psychology, Sport and Recreation and Management and am currently studying an Advanced Diploma at Ikon Institute.
I work 3 days a week as Administration Officer so be sure to pop in and smile next time you come in.
I’m Carley and my background is in Social Work and Counselling, before I went on to study an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy.
My personal belief is that we live in a world that often relies on impersonal medical diagnoses and outdated narratives from generations past, that often limit us from experiencing life fully.
To challenge this, I spent time observing and participating in Arts programs run at the (then) Julia Farr Centre and Hampstead Rehabilitation facilities in Adelaide.
I was so impressed by how Art enabled people to reconnect with both their communities and themselves- Art was even being used to aid physical rehabilitation, such as a wood-burning technique to build up fine motor skills.
As a result, I was inspired to then study Social Work and develop my current knowledge of the human services, having now worked with numerous client experiences such as: Domestic Violence, Mental health, living with a Disability, Palliative Care, Grief and Loss, ATSI and CALD communities, Children and Youth, Parenting and Perinatal Health, Disordered Eating and Body Dysmorphia, Rural and Remote Health and Schools and Education.
Ultimately, what I’ve learnt is that not everyone finds it easy to access traditional verbal counselling- there had to be another option. For some, speaking about traumatic experiences only repeats and increases them. Children and different cultures in particular often have limited emotional language to tell. And sometimes, there are just no words that can justify.
In which case, using the Creative Arts therapeutically can be a really empowering way for clients to redefine their realities and develop a sense of hope and direction for their future.
I personally love being able to give my clients another option or outlet, in order to bypass blocks and triggers and to sometimes process some really big ‘stuff’- often with me not even having to hear a word about it..
Catherine (Kit) Somers
Hello, my name is Kit. I love to work with fellow humans to help us know our true selves. I support you as the client to live knowing yourself, through our own unique creativity. Creativity is the way we move through life; and by move I mean move wholly, physically, emotionally, spiritually. I help clients ﬁnd their own best beat and their joy.
I have a graduate diploma in arts psychotherapy (IKON Institute), a degree in psychological sciences (University of Flinders) and a bachelor of arts degree majoring in psychology (University of Adelaide).
I have run my own businesses and worked for a long time in the corporate world, internationally, with a particular interest in values.
I am a lifetime visual artist and writer with a passion for our beautiful world. I believe we each have a role to play and we each have a story to tell. Together, we create, play and innovate to take your life forward. Creativity is deep and wholesome therapy. It can be soothing, action oriented and both.
I look forward to supporting you to be the most comfortable person you can be and then create your life from here.