Renée Barker

Renée Barker

Art Therapist


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Highlighted specialties
depressionanxietyobsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)art therapyattachment issues
Biography

Arts therapy uses creativity to explore our life stories in ways that promote personal growth and change in our lives. Whether you recognise what is troubling you or not, I can help you identify and process issues and feelings that arise during our sessions together. My approach is gentle, non-judgmental, supportive and professional. By engaging with an active and sensory process using art materials you can learn new things about yourself and/or view the past with a different lens. During a session we might use paint, pastel, movement, clay, collage, writing, talking or play during therapy. I will never interpret what you create. All personal expressions are welcome and treated with the utmost respect. It’s important to know that you don’t have to be ‘good at art’ to engage with arts therapy. Everyone is creative and arts therapy focuses on what you learn about yourself in the process of making art, not the end product. One of my specialties is working with children and adolescents (5+). Building trust between the child and myself is paramount to the therapeutic process. I am completely child-led and will always work at the pace that they determine. The first session is undertaken with the caregiver only.

Qualifications

Master of Arts in Clinical Arts Therapy (First Class Honours), Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Art, Photography, Art History), Bachelor of Fine Arts

Specialisations

Trauma

Stress

Social anxiety

Self harm

Self esteem and confidence

Religion and spirituality

Post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

Parenting

Obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)

Life changes

Insecurities

Identity

Feeling stuck

Family issues

Domestic violence

Depression

Child behaviour and development

Behavioural issues

Attachment issues

Anxiety

Abuse

Client

Families

Children

Adults

Adolescents

Therapy

Trauma therapy

Person centred therapy

Narrative therapy

Mindfulness

Family systems

Attachment theory

Art therapy

Fees

Arts therapy session

$120

60 minutes

Or free if your employer offers therapy via Clearhead.

Locations

- Chatswood, Auckland, 0626