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Anna Ewen (She/They)
Bachelor of Health Sciences, Masters in Speech Pathology, Masters Thereaputic Arts Practice Therapy )
Art Therapist | Speech Pathologist

hello! My name is Anna (she/they)

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what I care about (values) 

 

feeling safe

respecting needs

honest dialogue 

accessibility 

unmasking and showing up as we are

curiosity and play 

acceptance

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ways we might create and connect 

 

I am passionate about creating safe and accessible spaces for people to share their feelings and experiences in whatever form that takes - with or without words (spoken or written), through colour, image, movement, building Lego, flower petals, knots of thread, torn paper, clay, sand (literally anything!). 

 

One of the reasons I love taking a creative approach to therapy is because of the many diverse, unique, subtle, bold, and spontaneous ways self-expression and understanding can emerge when we use materials.   

 

I see the therapy process as a collaborative one. I recognise that it takes time to feel safe and trust each other, and I try to be open and honest while navigating this process together. I bring my own lived experience of neurodivergence and Queerness to the space, and respect your lived experience and intersectional identities too - you are the expert of your own body, identities and story. 

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for transparency

 

Here is some of what I bring: 

 

  • an ongoing and evolving commitment to decolonising ways I think and work

  • previous work experience in the areas of mental health, neurodivergence, stroke and aphasia, acquired brain injury, disability, complex trauma, youth residential care and family violence 

  • communication, cultural safety and accessibility are really important to me - I am open to working with interpreters, advocates, and/or safe people that support you if you need 

  • some of my interests/passions include my cat, drawing, travel, film photography, music (a mix of Melbourne rock, punk, classical, Mexican cumbia, instrumental), sewing, mushroom pizza, poetry and making books/zines, philosophy and psychology  

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Qualifications 

 

  • Masters of Therapeutic Arts Practice (Miecat Institute, 2022) 

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Speech Pathology (2017) 

 

Relevant Training 

 

  • Autistic Pride and Community, Reframing Autism (2023) 

  • Artistic Holding of Bodies in Pain, Miecat Workshop (2023) 

  • Mental Health Conference, Yellow LadyBugs (2021, 2022 & 2023) 

  • Trans-affirming Practice, ACON Pride Training (2023) 

  • Cultural Bridging and Awareness with Robyn Latham, ANZACATA (2023) 

  • Circle of Security Training (2022) 

  • Gender & Sexuality, Minus 18 (2021)

  • AUSLAN Level 1, Expression Australia (2021) 

  • Trauma-informed practice (ongoing)

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