I'm a certified art therapist & counsellor with a passion to help people nourish their creative spirit and give them tools to find meaning and transformation in life.
I see art therapy as a way to help people reconnect with their deepest self through the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship and creative interventions. Art therapy offers a non-verbal way of making authentic self-inquiry and problem solving and helps the client in their own meaning-making, essential elements for leading a meaningful & flourishing life.
I have seen the benefits art therapy can bring in my private practice working with a diverse range of clients who have not been responsive with more traditional types of 'talk therapy'. My clients range from people wanting more direction and purpose in their lives, to those transitioning through life crisis' & new life stages. I specialise in the treatment of disordered eating in all its forms, trauma & self esteem issues and I also work with clients who seek me out through the NDIS.
In addition to my private practice I am the Art Therapist at Wesley Hospital Ashfield in their Eating Disorders Unit, designing art therapy & mindful movement groups. Bringing art therapy & mindfulness practices to a hospital setting to create a more embodied approach to eating disorders treatment is one of my passions.
I am a facilitator of the ‘Changing Bodies, Changing Minds’ program at Randwick Women’s Hospital, an innovative program, designed by Jo Rockendorfer, running art therapy groups for pre-teens helping them develop their self esteem, understand changes in their body at puberty and develop emotional resilience.
Previously I worked at Kidslink Australia, founded by Leonie Reisberg, using art therapy to develop emotional literacy and social skills for children and teens affected by anxiety, ADHD, austism and other learning difficulties.
I hold an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy and I am registered provider for the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Scheme. I am registered with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT). Prior to becoming an art therapist I had a fifteen year career in design, trends forecasting, sustainable design and creative direction in both Australia and London. I have a Bachelor of Design (Hons) from UTS and currently lecture in these subjects at Bachelor level.
Please have a look at some of my work below, and contact me if you would like to discuss your individual requirements or see if art therapy might be for you.
Wesley Mission Hospital Eating Disorders Unit
Elise is employed as the art therapist at Wesley Hospital Ashfield in their Eating Disorders Unit, running weekly groups for inpatients and day program attendees.
Elise is an NDIS registered art therapist and is available for one-to-one sessions through the NDIS. Elise collaborates with artists with intellectual disability at Studio A and she is also the founder of Live Softly - a Social Enterprise craft project in Nepal supporting artisans living with disability, see more at: www.livesoftly.co
Art Therapy Workshops
Using meditation, art, and embodied processes Elise facilitates art therapy workshops and womens circles
The Butterfly Foundation
Elise ran art therapy workshops as part of The Butterfly Foundation's Conference for Carers and Stories From Experience Workshops. Elise also runs workshops through Body Matters Eating Disorder Clinic in Sydney's North.
1:1 Art Therapy Sessions
Elise has a private practice seeing clients one-to-one based out of her art therapy studio in Surry Hills.
Corporate Art Therapy
Elise has designed workshops for corporations including Linkedin to facilitate team work and creativity within the workplace
Puberty workshops for pre-teens
Elise is a facilitator of the Changing Bodies, Changing Minds Puberty workshop for pre-teens run through Randwick Women's hospital and Girls Schools in Sydney.
Elise is a lecturer in the Social Psychology of Design, Design Thinking, Social Enterprise Design and a Design Mentor for Final Year Fashion & Branding Students at Bachelor Level.
Elise designed art therapy wokshops as part of a public installation for the MCA Sydney, including a giant collaborative mindfulness mandala
Elise was invited to Guiyang, China in 2019 to design & facilitate art therapy workshops as part of their summer school STEM experiential learning program.