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Adolescents & Youth-Specific Art Therapy 

Art Therapy Studio @ Byron Youth Services in Byron Bay

Services Provided under NDIS- The National Disability Insurance Scheme


If you are self-managed or plan managed the NDIS funded services you can access 1-on-1 art therapy

art therapy and youth mentoring sessions through Art Therapy Northern Rivers. Services provided under NDIS supports:

  • Art Therapy

  • Individual Art sessions

  • Therapeutic Youth Mentoring

Creative Arts Therapy can be funded under the NDIS. It must be undertaken by a Creative Arts Therapist, registered with ANZACATA. The participant must have funding allocated for Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living Skills and it must be deemed 'reasonable and necessary'. The Therapist will work with the participant to make a plan, conduct sessions in accordance with the goals of the participant and report to the NDIA on progress with the participant in reaching their goals. -ANZACATA


There are three different ways you can manage the funds you receive from NDIS, self-managed, plan-managed and agency managed. The first two options allow you to choose from any providers including providers who are not registered with NDIS. Here is a link that explains the three options in more detail

As an ANZACATA professionally registered art therapist I can provide NDIS funded Art Therapy under line item (15_610_0128_1_3) as well as Art Therapy under  Therapeutic Support line item (15_056_0128_1_3). Therapeutic supports include Art Therapy, Expressive  Art Therapy and Counseling. Art Therapy is an allied health profession and works with psychological and physical well-being using a creative process. Counselling provides clients and carers with assistance to understand and manage situations, behaviours and relationships associated with their need for care and mental health. Therapeutic supports can help people gain skills and improve independence in areas such as language and communication, personal care, interpersonal interactions and community living. This supports positive changes in the person's functioning, development and well-being. Art Therapy Northern Rivers supports people to achieve their goals in a trauma-informed, safe environment.


Challenges that can be addressed through engaging in art therapy include:

  • Feelings of anxiety

  • Neurodivergence 

  • Gender incongruence 

  • Bullying behaviour or being the victim of a bully

  • Social struggles

  • Disruptive behavior 

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Troubles with sensory processing 

Some of the most common benefits of adolescents engaging in art therapy include:

  • Insight into the concept of self & identity

  • Coping methods

  • Mental health support & self-care

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Developing new skills through creativity

  • Development of abstract thinking through the formal operational stage

  • Non-verbal expression of feelings

  • Non-judgmental therapeutic process

  • More interesting and engaging activities than long-form talk therapy

  • Ability to strengthen bonds with peers through group work



  • PROVISION OF SERVICES  provided by Art Therapy Northern Rivers are standards set by ANZACATA. (Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapists Association) standards.

  • The prices for the Services are as per the NDIS guidelines or as otherwise agreed to by participants.

  • The method for payment of the Fees is bank transfer or cash via NDIS plan manager or directly with the client.

  • Payment for services must be made within 14 days of the invoice date.

  • The Service Provider can make a request for payment of the Fees either before or once the relevant Services have been delivered or provided to the Participant.

  • The Services do not attract Goods and Services tax.

  • The Participant must provide 24 hours notice to the Service provider if they want to cancel the session. Failure to do so will result in the full fee being charged.

                                                                  Karma Barnes ( AThR ) is a Professional Member of

                                                                  Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association 

                                                                  the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in

                                                                  Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region.





Adolescents & Youth Specific 
Art Therapy

Individual Art Therapy Sessions specialising in

adolescents and youth support 12-24 years

Art Therapy Northern Rivers Studio at Byron Youth Services


1 Gilmore Cresent, Byron Bay, NSW

ph. 0450 707 709.

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