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.
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 therapy, child-centred play therapy, mindfulness 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.
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. the team incorporate a trauma-informed lens in their approach, allowing for meaningful processing and exploration in a safe and supportive environment.
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. The team also utilise their extensive experience in youth mental health to craft developmentally-appropriate group and individual sessions for little ones and young people.
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.
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.
Due to COVID-19 Rainbow Muse is currently not running any group programs. We are only offering individual therapy sessions. We will keep you updated as the situation changes
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.
Chenai Mupotsa-Russell AThR, MA, GradDip FDRP, BA, RYT
Founder | Registered Art Therapist | Mental Health Clinician | Yoga Teacher
I am passionate about diversity and intersectionality. I specialise in working with LGBTQAI+ people, neurodiverse children and people of colour.
I aim to provide a safe, inclusive, affirming and culturally appropriate space for processing, with a social justice lense that puts into perspective the individual and complex experiences of people "outside the box" , this is the reason Rainbow Muse came to be!
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 within the context of the persons experience.
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 all people 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:
Youth Mental Health at headspace
Family Dispute Resolution at Relationships Australia Victoria
Family and Youth Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers at The Brotherhood of St Laurence
Youth Support and Programs in local government at the City of Boroondara Youth Services
Family and School Programs with Communities in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory with FAST
Youth Education Reingagement Support in the Tiwi Islands Northern Territory with NTCSA
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Chenai's books are currently full and she is not taking on new clients at the moment. The amazing Melanie has some availability.
For a sneak peek at what I get up to on my Rainbow Musing adventures, click on the gallery link above.
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practise (Therapy), The MIECAT Institute, 2018
Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, Relationships Australia Victoria, 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 2007
Child Centred Play Therapy, 2019
Kids Yoga Teacher Certification, 2019
Yoga Teacher Training, 2018
Advanced Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 2016
Advanced Training in Psychotherapy, 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.
Lucy Hotchin AThR, MA, BA (Hons)
Registered 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (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. 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.
Melanie Knight AThR, MA, BA
Registered Art Therapist | Social Practise Artist | Creative Literacy Coach| Grief Companion
I believe creativity is a crucial part of wellbeing. While undertaking training in counselling, I realised I wanted to combine talk therapy with the creative experience. This led me to complete my Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at The MIECAT Institute, which still guides and supports my therapeutic practise today, along with my passion for encouraging awareness of self through creative exploration.
Throughout the last 15 years I’ve developed spaces for thousands of people across Australia to create and express themselves. This allowed me to witness first-hand that creativity is a powerful way to discover and support wellbeing and positive self-regard, and increase people’s capacity for play and joy.
I found a special connection working as a creative mentor for children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and as an art therapist for autistic, non-verbal and diverse ability populations. These experiences expanded my awareness of the benefits of alternatives to talk therapy. When working with neurodiverse littlies, I use my experience in DIR floortime, and Social Thinking to support my practise.
I work with a recovery-orientated framework and trauma-informed lens – most recently with children whose parents are experiencing mental illness with a focus on Australian Defence Force children. I have a particular interest in life transitions and grief, knowing that grief is a valid and important part of change as we navigate our lives.
I look forward to supporting your curiosity about your experiences, and working with you to support your hopes and ambitions for a positive and fulfilling life. I’m passionate about utilising both art and narrative therapy, supported by CBT, and ACT.
Mel regularly collaborates with cultural organisations, festivals, community groups, and schools delivering programs to advocate what she calls ‘creative literacy’, advocating that without creativity imagination fades, and compassion (for self and other) is impossible without imagination.
Mel’s therapeutic practise has been guided and continues to be informed through her work in:
● Children and youth mental health, social skills and development at Sensational Kids
● Children and youth mental health at Australian National Veterans Art Museum
● Children’s creative mentorship at Future Foundations
● Youth Support and Programs in local government at the City of Yarra Youth Services
● Patient and family support with The Groundswell Project
● Adult’s creative facilitation with Creative Social Movements programs (including collaborations with Melbourne Writers Festival, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, State Library of Victoria, Wollongong Writers Festival, SA Writers)
Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practise, The MIECAT Institute, 2020
Bachelor of Visual Art, Barton Institute of Technology, 1998
Seasons of Growth - Good Grief, 2020
Creative Facilitation Certification - Partners for Youth Empowerment, 2020
Emotional CPR - Daniel Fischer & The National Empowerment Centre 2019
Dare to Lead Leadership training - Brene Brown 2019
Introduction to Counselling, Latrobe University, 2015
Mel continues to expand her therapeutic awareness through ongoing professional development sessions and short courses, including cultural awareness and competency.
Melanie Knight (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. 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.
Rainbow Muse Pty Ltd
Art Therapy, Child Therapy, Counselling and Yoga Melbourne
Belgrave Heights, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mordialloc Melbourne VIctoria, Australia
Tel: (03) 8538 1445 or 0403966448
Home Visits where we come to you with a mobile art therapy kit are available for NDIS clients, depending on location.