About Melinda

“As a therapeutic practitioner, I bring sensitivity and non-judgement in holding the stories and the cultural contexts of clients, together with a recognition of the importance of art as a language of the inner life.”

Melinda’s expertise as an art therapist emerges from over 25 years as a visual artist and Arts educator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic art practice and is a registered art therapist with ANZACATA, the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region.

Melinda has worked for many years in juvenile justice as a therapeutic art teacher and is a strong advocate for trauma-informed and culturally responsive practice, alongside a growing interest in attachment theory, family systems and trauma- informed sensorimotor art therapy practices.


Her own love of being in the natural world, of finding connection to the animate other-than-human world, through walking, contemplative practice, somatic movement, and her own professional art practice, is woven through the empowering and healing work she undertakes with others as a creative arts therapist.  

Qualifications + Accreditations

Masters Degree in Therapeutic Art Practice (MIECAT)

Graduate Diploma in Education

Bachelor of Arts (Applied Art)

NVC (Non-Violent Communication) Foundational level.

Certificate in Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing®