Igniting joy & transforming lives
through creative arts therapies
1:1 or Group arts therapy programs for kids,
teens and adults
Allied health service and registered
Creative arts therapy to help anyone
experiencing stress,anxiety and depression
Increase self-awareness, build confidence and
1:1 Arts therapy, Melbourne
We help kids, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, stress, depression and their symptoms. We support people with autism, ADHD, or who have experienced trauma and violence. Through our 1:1 individual arts therapy sessions we give people the chance to communicate through the arts. This results in increased confidence, self-awareness, and emotional expression, leading to better communication and relationships.
Group creative arts therapy sessions and workshops
We offer a range of parent programs, creative arts groups, and workshops for schools and the community. Our arts-based group sessions help people develop the skills they need to increase social connection, and better understand and manage their emotions. Arts therapy provides an easier and more accessible way to express how we feel.
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If you have your own arts therapy practice but find that you spend too much time taking care of business instead of taking care of people, join us at Evolution Creative Arts Therapies in one of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions.
About Evolution Creative Arts Therapies
Everyone has the potential to grow and flourish—kids, teenagers, and adults—regardless of their background, life experience or disability. Using arts therapy, our highly skilled and experienced therapists encourage and support that growth.
We’ve created a much-needed space in Werribee in Melbourne’s west to support and improve the mental health and wellbeing of kids, teens, adults, and communities through our creative arts therapy programs.
NDIS Registered provider No# 4050000894
Registration classes : Therapeutic Supports & Innovative Community Participation
I was looking for a therapist near me to address my anxiety and depression. It’s been a long and tiring journey but the results have been amazing. I now feel like I better understand myself and have developed positive strategies to help me cope when things get rough.
I recommend arts therapy as it gives you a creative and safe space to sort out emotions and thoughts. For anyone who has ASD or PTSD it gives you an outlet to try and understand your brain and the world. It‘s a safe space where you can say anything and it can‘t be wrong.
I first came across arts therapy when I was looking for a gentle way of addressing grief and anxiety. The result has been positively surprising. I now feel that I can enter memories and difficult spaces with far less anxiety.
Fiona, 32, Ballarat
My arts therapist has been foundational in my development and growth as a human being. Without any doubt, meeting them was a turning point in my life. Nobody really knows what impact arts therapy had on the world by seeing me now and how it will continue to ripple out into my life. No other words amount to anything that could express thankfulness for what I have received.
Rachel Taplin, Sensorium Art therap
I chose Nyrelle as my supervisor as I was starting my private practice and she has been such a huge support and influence in my development of a successful practice. Nyrelle was warm and supportive as well as practical and direct and is able to both hold space not only for personal and client issues that arise, but can also offer practical strategies and solutions based on a wealth of knowledge and experience that has helped grow my skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence as an arts therapist.
Fiona, 56, Werribee
I first came across art therapy as a therapeutic intervention to address my NDIS goals that centred around past trauma, increasing my ability to live independently and to improve my overall mental, emotional and physical health. Art therapy has helped me work towards these goals in far too many ways to list and has improved my mental health and life beyond all my initial expectations. Life is now good and change has occurred in so many unexpected ways and areas of my life that a multitude of different therapies over many decades was unable to achieve.
Jane, 62, West Meadows
I would highly recommend art therapy as a way of dealing with past trauma, emotional and mental health issues and in particular Wyndham art therapies for their excellent and professional services.
Georgia, 26, Tarneit
I first came across arts therapy after everything and nothing was really helping.
It has helped me with reconnecting with my body and environment, to feel safe physically and emotionally and it’s really helped me with learning new coping strategies and ways of interacting with myself and other people. I have learnt how to have much healthier and happier relationships and I have learnt how to communicate my needs and wants.
Natalie (for Evan, 10), Wyndham Vale
Through arts therapy my child was able to focus on social and I noticed how much he has improved from being the little boy who always played on his own or just followed his peers around, into the well-adjusted more confident child he is now.
Art Therapy has helped immensely in many ways to see his excitement and eagerness in each session is so wonderful as a proud parent to see.
Margaret, 50, Point Cook
I’ve been attending arts therapy for about a year now. I first came across eCATwhen I was looking for a therapist near where I was living to address my anxiety and depression. It’s been a long and tiring journey but the results have been amazing & very helpful. I now feel like I understand myself a lot better and have developed positive strategies to help me cope when things get rough.
Monica, 43, Werribee
I have been attending arts therapy for about 6 weeks now. I first came across arts therapy when I was looking for a gentle way of addressing grief and anxiety. It’s been a brief journey so far but the result has been positively surprising. For me, it is a better way of working with not so easy issues at this time in my life. I now feel that I can enter memories and difficult spaces with far less anxiety.
“I needed to do art therapy to deal with current and past traumas. I have found it to be extremely helpful even during Covid-19. The art therapy and creative interventions have been helpful and given me useful skills for everyday life. Sessions with my art therapist, has given me the time to process what has been going on in between sessions”.
Bronwyn, 35, Manor Lakes
“I recommend Art Therapy as it gives you a creative and safe space to sort out emotions and thoughts. It’s your time spent how you want to, your way so if you want to make art and not talk that is ok. No words are needed. For anyone who has ASD or PTSD it gives you an outlet to try and understand your brain and the world. It is a safe space where you can say anything and it cannot be wrong”.
“I have been attending arts therapy for about 3 months now. I first heard about it through a friend who spoke very highly of the arts therapists at Evolution Creative Arts Therapies.
I was looking to address some deep emotional issues and depression which was beginning to creep up on me.
It’s only been a short time but I have noticed massive shifts in my mental and emotional well-being.
I am already feeling much happier, more confident and content. I am looking forward to continuing on this journey in finding my true self.
A heartfelt thanks to my arts therapist and the team at Evolution Creative Arts therapies.”
Ryan, 17, Manor Lakes
I found my arts therapist to be a great listener, and I’ve come to recognize her as a safe space for me to express my feelings honestly as well as my artistic abilities, due to her positive nature and general kindness.
I would absolutely recommend Evolution Creative Arts Therapies to any of my friends, whether they are artistically inclined or not, if they needed any help with understanding or getting help with their emotions.
II am happy to have physical evidence of my progress in the form of the artwork I’ve produced in the hour-long sessions.
Bailey, 19, Altona Meadows
I’m so grateful for the help I’ve received from Svetlana and for the skills I have learnt in Art
Therapy. I feel more willing to tackle challenges head on, whether in school, socially, or in my artistic endeavours.
Crystal, 32, Werribee
Art therapy has given me the ability to focus and enjoy being creative. I can paint what I feel and gives me the permission to express how I feel in a safe and positive environment. This has been life changing for me and I am able to feel good about myself. I am also able to be present in my own body, which has not happened before. Sometimes it’s hard for me to speak, so doing art therapy has given me a voice.
Take a peek inside Evolution Creative Arts Therapies, Werribee
Arts therapy is not about making pretty pictures. It’s about using the arts and a person’s creativity to reduce stress, anxiety and depression and their symptoms.
Making art and being creative engages your whole brain and calms your nervous system. You don't need to consider yourself artistic to get the full benefit of arts therapy.
Nyrelle Bade, AThR
Founder and Senior Arts Therapist
Master of Arts Therapy (by Research)
Nyrelle has created a space in Melbourne’s west dedicated to providing creative arts therapies to support the mental health and wellbeing of the communities of Wyndham and Hobsons Bay. Nyrelle is an arts therapist with a diverse therapeutic tool kit. She specialises in working with children who have low play skills, and teens and adults who have experienced complex trauma.
She is also a somatic experiencing practitioner with integral somatic psychology, sand play, clay field therapy, and therapeutic touch a part of her practice.
Using a mixed therapeutic style that reflects the diverse areas of therapy she has trained in, Nyrelle incorporates creativity, embodiment, and education into her approach. She helps those she treats to better understand their mental health condition.
Nyrelle is a ANZACATA and ACA approved supervisor. She is a registered NDIS provider.Learn more about Nyrelle
Svetlana Bykovec, AThR
Team Leader, Senior Creative Arts Therapist
With over a decade of experience, Svetlana is a highly skilled mental health practitioner, registered supervisor and team leader who has worked within schools, hospitals, hospices, organisations, as well as 1:1 work with clients. She is passionate about supporting diverse client populations and has worked for many years with children and adolescents with life limiting conditions.Learn more about Svetlana
Maki LeVine, AThR
Maki combined her passion for Health Science and expression through creativity to form a novel approach to Art Therapy. Before becoming part of the team at Evolution Creative Arts Therapies, Maki worked in schools, aged care, and hospital settings. Maki has been working with children and youth who struggle with ongoing trauma or the aftermath of trauma (from being bullied to experiencing a death in the family) and strives to understand each individual’s unique family and cultural history. While aware of diagnostic language, Maki prefers to map when and where children feel secure and when they feel insecure and afraid.Learn more about Maki
Dr Amanda Musicka-Williams, AThR
Drama and Movement Therapist (Creative Arts Therapist)
Amanda has been working for two decades with young people with intellectual/developmental challenges and is highly experienced in adapting practice to suit diverse ways of communicating and interacting with others. Amanda has worked as a Drama therapist in a variety of different settings before joining Evolution Creative Arts Therapies including in educational settings, community mental health and the justice system. As well as completing her Masters in Dramatherapy in London, Amanda completed her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne exploring the use of group dramatherapy with adolescents with intellectual disabilities. She has published several research papers and book chapters on the use of dramatherapy with young people with disabilities.Learn more about Dr Amanda
Kin Cho Chan, RDT, AThR
Drama Therapist (Creative Arts Therapist), Psychodramatist
After a decade of professional performing arts experience, Kin received further training in drama education (Griffith University), drama therapy (NATDA, US), and psychodrama psychotherapy (BPA, UK). He integrated the creative arts into his work with toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, and families and provided trauma-informed treatment and strength-based counseling. He had a few years of full-time work experience working with trauma treatment and parent-child relationship enhancement services in Hong Kong. Kin speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English and is keen to support children's and their families' mental, relational, and emotional health through early childhood education, dramatic play, creative arts, and trauma therapy.Learn more about Kin