Hi and welcome to my website.
My name is Kerri Hay, I’m an Arts Psychotherapist (G Dip.), Counselor (Dip), Reiki Master and Artist here in Adelaide, South Australia.
My background includes working in areas of both community and residential aged care, child and adult disabilities, youth and adults living with severe mental illness and psychiatric disabilities, unaccompanied refugee children and youth, adults risk of homelessness and carers and those they care for including children, youth and adults. I’ve also worked extensively with women experiencing domestic violence, clients with grief and loss issues, childhood trauma and supporting and mentoring youth and adults to improve self awareness and personal development.
Being very passionate about social justice and equality has given me plenty of opportunities to advocate and support people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and belief systems who have faced difficult situations in their lives, leaving them struggling with self identity and standing up for their rights. I believe we all have unique qualities, strengths and talents, which for some people find this really difficult to pinpoint or even acknowledge. Bringing light to those strengths, skills and life experience can empower a person to stand in their own power, regain confidence so they can begin to take back their control over the choices they make. This can have a ripple effect on those closest around them, possibly inspiring others to look more closely into their own lives as well.
We all have means of communication and can be incredibly creative in how we tell a story, even if that story is painful to tell, more reason to tell it and try and make sense of it – and ourselves. This is at my core of what motivates me.
I’ve always had a very curious nature which has been the foundation of my broadening knowledge and what’s been the most pivotal ingredient in propelling me forward. I respect life and everything in it, including myself and I’m at my happiest and most concious when I’m learning, engaging in my own journey of self discovery and supporting others on theirs so they can reach their highest possible potential.
I just love what I do – whether its being deep and structured with Arts Psychotherapy, intuitive and metaphysical with Reiki or expressive and present as an artist. They’re all very different and unique practices that stand alone, however when I balance them together, they support me with improving my own level of self-awareness, that in turn helps me to support others with theirs.
Since arriving in Australia from New Zealand in 1992, I continued working in hospitality before moving into community services where I have been working within the aged care, youth and adult mental health, child and youth refugee’s and child disability field ever since. I then began practicing, then teaching Usui Reiki from 2006, facilitating development workshops and mentoring students to enhance their spiritual and personal development. This then prompted the desire to express my own creativity and so began painting and have been painting ever since going through different phases of styles and mediums. I then volunteered with infants and children with varying degrees of disabilities with creative activities, which inspired me to study Counselling and so began my career in mental health where I supported people in the community with severe mental illness through their recovery journey. Whilst in this area I established and began facilitating an Arts creative group for clients and became progressively engaged in community mental health awareness and Reconciliation events.
Bringing Counselling and the Arts together seemed the most obvious thing for me to do and so in 2016, I completed a Post Graduate Degree as an Arts Psychotherapist with Ikon Institute in Adelaide SA.
I am currently working with children and youth with Autism and other communication and behavioural issues, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), youth and adults living with mental illnesses including depression and anxiety, adult grief and loss issues, child and youth bullying and harassment, women in Domestic Violence relationships and carers and those they care for.
I run ongoing Group Psychotherapy Programs and one to one sessions privately and also alongside community organisations such as Northern Carers Network.
I am an NDIS Registered Provider (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and am a member of the Australian Creative Arts Therapists Association (ACATA) which is a professional body for Arts Psychotherapists and Art Therapists. I continue to research, practice and stay current with all matters relating to Psychology, creative arts and improving self-awareness and healing techniques and modalities.
If you’re not sure what Art Psychotherapy is, I explain it in a simple and understandable way on my website – its just a click away!