Art Therapy • CHILD PLAY THERAPY • COUNSELLING • Yoga

Welcome to Rainbow Muse and thanks for stopping by. We offer mental health and therapy services with a bit of creativity and magic. Wellbeing and living your best life are important for everyone at every stage, from little ones right through to grown-ups. So let us know how we can support you in being your most sparkly self.

About

Art therapy has a unique ability to heal. It helps people express themselves and safely externalise their emotions through creativity, allowing for self-discovery, vulnerability and perspective on challenges they may be facing.

 

Rainbow Muse Pty Ltd is based in Melbourne and offers art therapy, talk therapychild-centred play therapymindfulness and yoga in an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity.

 

Chenai and Lucy bring their mushy hearts and years of experience in a range of community and mental health contexts to tailor treatments to each individual’s needs.

 

In short, Rainbow Muse is a magical rainbow world that welcomes you for who you are and collaborates on your wellbeing. If you would like to talk more about your specific needs and goals feel free to contact me. 

Rainbow Muse is an NDIS Registered Provider for Therapeutic Supports.

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Services

Individual

Therapy

Individual therapy sessions are conducted using a variety of interventions including art therapy, evidence-based talk therapy modalities, child-centred play therapy and mental health psycho-education. Chenai and Lucy incorporate a trauma-informed lens in their approach, allowing for meaningful processing and exploration in a safe and supportive environment.

Therapeutic 

Groups

Groups can focus on a particular mental health concern, or explore areas such as goal-setting and improving self-esteem. Participants journey and process together. Chenai and Lucy also utilise their extensive experience in youth mental health to craft developmentally-appropriate group and individual sessions for little ones and young people.

Workshops &

Development

Personal and professional development workshops can concentrate on anything from team-building and workplace wellness, to increasing connection, innovation and vulnerability. They’re perfect for community organisations, businesses, retreats and special events, or anyone wishing to cultivate a culture of self-care and creativity.

Yoga and

Mindfulness

As a registered yoga teacher, Chenai is able to develop programs that meld physical and emotional wellbeing, with movements specifically-designed for mental health and grounding. Both yoga and mindfulness are offered in individual therapy or group sessions, and provide an invaluable tool in managing stress and regulating emotion.

Rainbow Muse offers therapy for all ages but we are particularly passionate about working with children. For more information visit our Children's Therapy Services page or click below.

Rainbow Muse offers telehealth/ teletherapy which allows you to have your therapy from your home. We also have a range of free resources available to download. For more information visit our Online Therapy and Resources page or click below.

 

About Us

Chenai Mupotsa-Russell
Founder | Art Therapist | Psychotherapist | Yoga Teacher

I came to mental health and art therapy after years in community development, working mostly with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

 

It was seeing how one person’s struggle could ripple out to affect an entire community that inspired me to learn how to heal therapeutically from the ground up.

I delved further into training in Family Dispute Resolution, Psychotherapy and Art Therapy as I found that when working closely with community groups, the creation of safe spaces lead to a need to help people process and explore experiences and emotions in individual therapy.

 

Later I would add training in Yoga as a wonderful tool for body/mind integration and for creating safety and emotional-regulation in our bodies while processing traumatic situations.

 

Throughout all this, I have worked with people of all ages and have added child- centred play therapy to my toolkit to be able to meet my littlest clients where they are at, helping children make sense of the world in ways most relevant to them, through art, imagination, creativity and play.

When working with adults I am passionate about the use of Art Therapy. You do not need any art experience to do art therapy as it is about the process, not the end product. However, if you would like to use talk therapies I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT) and Narrative Therapy. All therapy is done in a client-centred manner and with a trauma-informed lens.

I also draw from my experiences from multiple roles I've had the privilege of undertaking in the Mental Health, Youth and Community Sectors. I have previously worked in:

If you experience mental health issues, find life overwhelming, or you’re interested in deeper self-discovery, I’d love to hear from you so we can explore it together.

For a sneak peek at what I get up to on my Rainbow Musing adventures, click on the gallery link above.

Tertiary Qualifications

 

Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practise (Therapy), The MIECAT Institute, 2018

Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, Relationships Australia Victoria, 2013

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Community Development, Deakin University, 2007

 

Additional Qualifications

 

Child Centred Play Therapy, Play Therapy Training Academy, 2019 

Kids Yoga Teacher Certification, Cosmic Kids, 2019 

Yoga Teacher Training, The Yoga Social, 2018

Advanced Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Stonebridge College, 2016

Advanced Training in Psychotherapy, Cambridge Open College, 2015

 

Chenai has also undertaken a wide range of professional development sessions and short courses and continues to widen her knowledge and add more skills to her therapeutic toolbelt. 

Chenai Mupotsa-Russell (AThR ) is a Professional Member of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Chenai is a Registered NDIS Provider registered in the State of Victoria to provide Therapeutic Supports and Innovative Community Participation as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Lucy Hotchin
Art Therapist | Lived Experience Consultant 

I first realised the power of non-verbal communication while studying my Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) at Monash University. Using visual art, play, movement and sound, my classmates and I were able to communicate profound ideas and feelings outside the limitations of language. This experience stayed with me and became a foundational part of my therapeutic journey while completing my Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at The MIECAT Institute.

In addition to utilising my extensive, multidisciplinary training, I’m able to draw from my lived experience of the Victorian mental health system. I have gained a deep knowledge and understanding of both the private and public psychiatric systems as a client, and know firsthand that the current mainstream medical model does not give voice to those who experience it.

I believe EVERYONE’S experiences are valid and valuable, particularly those who need to engage with systems that do not necessarily lift them up. I am incredibly passionate about living this philosophy. Building someone’s self-esteem and self-worth supports their therapeutic process exponentially and is a crucial part of everything I do.

My experiences in the following therapeutic spaces continue to guide my processes:

  • Experience of art therapy, CBT, DBT, and ACT

  • Year-long placement at headspace the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Brief Intervention and art therapy groups

  • Art Therapist with Creative Arts Australia at Very Special Kids Summer holiday program

I look forward to continuing to work with children and adults, to support their self-worth and personal growth, and to help build their capacity to live their best lives.

You can contact Lucy directly at lucy@rainbowmuse.com.au

Tertiary Qualifications

 

Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practise (Therapy), The MIECAT Institute, 2019

Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours),  Monash University, 2012

 

Lucy has also undertaken a wide range of professional development sessions and short courses and continues to widen her knowledge and add more skills to her therapeutic toolbelt. 

Lucy Hotchin is a Member of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region. Rainbow Muse is a Registered NDIS Provider registered in the State of Victoria to provide Therapeutic Supports and Innovative Community Participation as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

Contact

Rainbow Muse Pty Ltd

Art Therapy, Child Therapy, Counselling and Yoga Melbourne

PO Box 7058 Glen Iris VIC 3146

Tel: (03) 8538 1445 or 0403966448

Home Visits where I come to you with my mobile art therapy kit are available for NDIS clients, depending on location. 

Email: chenai@rainbowmuse.com.au

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Rainbow Muse Pty Ltd would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and emerging.

Rainbow Muse Pty Ltd is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of wellbeing services. Rainbow Muse celebrates all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

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