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 AThR, MA, GradDip FDRP, BA, RYT
Founder | Art Therapist | Mental Health Clinician | Neurodiversity Consultant | 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.

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.

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, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 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 AThR, MA, BA (Hons)
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 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, MA, BA 
Art Therapist | Social Practise Artist | Creative Literacy Coach

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)

Tertiary Qualifications

 

Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practise, The MIECAT Institute, 2020
Bachelor of Visual Art,  Barton Institute of Technology, 1998

Additional Qualifications

 

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 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.

If you are an NDIS Participant and need help with Plan Management Rainbow Muse recommends our beautiful bookkeeper Michelle who is also an NDIS Registered Plan Manager.

Michelle | NDIS Registered ATB Plan Manager | Bookkeeper

Michelle believes you are the most important part of your plan, and your funding should be spent to reflect your needs. She brings this philosophy to all her work as a Plan Manager. Michelle has the added skill of a long career in bookkeeping (Rainbow Muse uses her for all our financials!) and uses this knowledge to give you the best support possible.

She combines prompt payment and great workers to build a speedy response that focuses on your needs and gets your invoice paid quickly. From chasing up payments, to data entry, to allocating GST, Michelle’s experience and enthusiasm will prove invaluable to your business. She is dedicated to making your business succeed, by working with you to devise the best strategy – freeing up your time to let you get on with what you’re good at.

Select Michelle - ATB Plan Manager as your Plan Manager.

 

Michelle’s services are free to you, offering:

  • Plan Management

  • Self-Managed

  • Agency-Managed

 

Our service is flexible, meaning we meet with you as a self- or as a plan-managed participant, and will partner with you for your funding. We can commit to manage your NDIS budget and your funding successfully. Our team works to empower you to get prompt payment to your providers, encouraging them to provide the best possible service. We put you first.

Qualifications

Registered BAS Agent #07186004

Cert IV – Bookkeeping

Cert IV – Small business Management 

Registered ASIC Agent 44847

 

Contact

Rainbow Muse Pty Ltd

Art Therapy, Child Therapy, Counselling and Yoga Melbourne

Belgrave Heights, 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. 

Email: chenai@rainbowmuse.com.au  or lucy@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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