Psychotherapy & counselling

Art Therapy

 

My approach

In my therapeutic work, I develop a responsive, mulitcultural practice and provide an empathic, non-judgemental space to help people feel heard, valued, connected, empowered and understood. I’m interested in getting to know each person as a whole and draw on different therapeutic approaches that best suit the individual I’m working with. Through developing an understanding of where each person needs support, I tailor the sessions to best suit their individual needs and personal circumstances. Together we develop an understanding of what is going on for them in their lives, their families and social networks, to heal and develop a better future.

 

Martin Roberts

My work is trauma informed, always mindful of the effects of trauma on the mind and body and the impact it has on people’s lives.

And I draw on different theoretical and therapeutic approaches in my work including:

Psycho-dynamic – an understanding of unconscious psychological processes and how past experiences shape our personalities.

Person centred therapy – a humanistic approach with the belief that the client is inherently driven toward and has the capacity for growth and self-actualisation.

Arts therapy – an apporach to therapy where art making and other creative processes are used to facilitate communication and explore thoughts, feelings and memories.

Attachment theory – an understanding of the importance of relationships and bonds between people.

Polyvagal theory – understands the role the autonomic nervous system – especially the vagus nerve – plays in regulating our health and behaviour.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) – an approach to psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts.

Narrative therapy – a respectful non-blaming approach to counselling that centres people as the experts in their own lives.

Who I’ve worked with

I’ve extensive experience working with adolescents and young people. I’ve worked at headspace on a program for children and young people with mental health issues, as well as at Wetsmead Children’s Hospital on the psychiatric ward. Many of the young people I’ve worked with have experienced abuse, neglect, grief and loss, and I have first-hand experience of working with complex trauma.

I’ve worked with adults with different mental health issues, including PTSD and complex trauma, DID, depression and anxiety.

I’ve facilitated group therapeutic workshops for adults, supporting them to explore their creativity and develop new ways to express themselves.

I’m a lecturer and tutor at Western Sydney University on the arts therapy and psychotherapy programs, supporting students to become arts therapists and counsellors.

I’ve worked within the LGBTQIA+ community, actively supporting diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.

I have over 30 years experience in the creative arts and worked extensively in theatre and costume production, and on community art projects.

Specialities and expertise

Anxiety

Depression

Complex trauma

Dissociative disorders (DID)

Identity & self-esteem

Family & relationship issues

LGBTQ+

Gender & sexuality

Grief and loss

Substance use

Men’s issues

Martin Roberts

My credentials

I’m proud to have received my Master of Art Therapy from Western Sydney University, graduating with distinction.

I’m a registered professional member of ANZACATA (the peak professional association for Creative Arts Therapies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia).

I engage in ongoing professional development training as well as recieving monthly supervision.

I am available for individual therapy and group workshops

Contact Me

Make an enquiry or book an appointment below

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0439 419 121

Macquarie Cottage, 7 Homedale St, Springwood NSW 2777

martin@martinroberts.com.au