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Masters & Grad.Cert Expressive & Creative Arts Therapy | BA Art & Creativity


Australia, NZ & Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association





The arts therapies are a form of psychotherapy utilising creative modalities, including. Visual Art-Making, Drama, and Dance/Movement, within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well-being.- ANZACATA


Expressive Arts Therapy uses the materials of the Visual Arts such as Paint, Clay, Pastels, Crayons, Collage as well as Voice, Writing, Movement, Role play. and Sand play. This can help clients to express the inexpressible, foster self-awareness, cope with difficulties and stress, facilitate your recovery and explore new ways of being. Expressive Arts Therapy is particularly useful for people who may be struggling to articulate their experiences and feelings as the arts can provide a way in. Children and young people often respond well to this form of counselling as it is non-threatening and offers them options about how to explore what they need to.





I am a Registered Creative and Expressive Art Therapist specializing in Adolescents Art Therapy. I use Creative and Expressive Art Therapy approaches coupled with Counseling, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness-Based Practices and procedures in working with young people to support them to understand more their life experiences and to facilitate positive changes in their lives. I employ a range of modalities in sessions including Visual Arts, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Mask-making, Sand Tray, Writing, Journaling and Movement.


I produce and deliver specific programs suited to the needs of organisations and their clients. I work individually with clients and facilitate groups including art therapy programs and art projects. I also hold extensive experience in working with women’s groups, adolescents, Indigenous & cultural groups, special needs & disabilities and community social & health organizations.

Organizations that I have worked with include Many Hands International (Timor Leste), Byron Youth Service, Child & Adolescent Specialist Program & Accommodation (CASPA), Lismore Women’s Refuge, Medicare Local NT, Accommodation Network, Evans Head Neighborhood Center and The Tara Children's Project (Bihar, India)

I practice MIECAT- Based Experiential Therapy and employ Counseling, Multi-Modal, Arts-Based, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness-Based practices and procedures. My work takes place with clients in a present-moment context and seeks to make sense of a clients "lived-experience" through a combination of Art Therapy and Counseling processors.

I have extensive experience facilitating high quality programs suited to a range of abilities, ages and contexts. I am available to write and tailor a program plan to suit your group or organization. I work throughout Australia and New Zealand and am based in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW.




Individual Art Therapy Sessions specializing in Adolescents

Group Art Therapy Sessions

Therapeutic Youth Mentoring

Therapeutic Arts and Well-Being Programs

✩ Sessions Currently Available in throughout Northern Rivers & Southern Gold Coast 

✩ Recommended 4-6 initial sessions

✩ Group programs are available and can be designed and delivered to suit client and organisational requirements 

To discuss bookings for sessions please  or for more details particular to your group or organization please contact me via my contact page or  email karmabarnes@live.com for my referral process and to obtain a referral form for clients.



✩ Relaxation
✩ Increased Well-being
✩ Insight into Illness
✩ Self-expression
✩ Self-confidence
✩ Personal Growth
✩ Positive Socialisation
✩ Reduction in Stress and Anxiety
✩ Increase in Self Awareness
✩ Processing difficult Experiences
✩ Enhanced cognitive abilities
✩ Positive self-identity

   (ANZATA 2012)

S E S S I O N S   P R O V I D E 

  • Art therapy supports:

  • Self-awareness and ways to express feelings

  • Self-esteem, confidence and positive self-identity

  • Communication and social skills

  • Art therapy offers a nonthreatening way for teens to express their inner feelings

  • Flexible thinking and spontaneity

  • Motivation to clarify and work through inner experiences

  • Mindfulness tools

  • Regular progress reports to caseworkers and organizations.

“Through art I was able to bring grace into my life. I took the things that were most bothersome and made them the subject matter of art. The toxin became the antitoxin, the medicine of art.”

-Shaun McNiff, Art As Medicine

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