Eucalyptus Stem Print, Botanical Watercolor Painting, Modern Art Wall.

Hi, my name is Allissa. Welcome to Seva House a place of connection, care, and compassion.

My professional journey began 15 years ago with my curiosity to look, listen, and learn more about the communities and systems within which we all live. After working as an employment officer in remote WA and volunteering with the Australian Red Cross providing telecross, emergency relief and psychological first aide I studied a Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology and Anthropology) and became inspired by the infinite ways in which humans are both creative and resourceful. I then went on to complete an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy while working as a Community Support Worker in Acquired Brain Injury Services where I worked closely with individuals to self-define their goals and build capacity for well living.

My various roles and experience have led me to work alongside people experiencing domestic violence, acquired brain injury (ABI), anxiety, chronic pain, and illness. I also have experience working with children, both individually and in groups, to support expression and emotional regulation through the process of art-making.

Over my time I have developed and delivered community and therapeutic arts programs for adults and youth, including women’s crisis recovery supported by Port Stephens 2018 International Women’s Day scholarship, and alcohol and other drug (AoD) carer support as part of the Australian Drug Foundation’s (ADF) Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) Initiative in the Port Stephens Council Area

I am a Holistic Creative Arts Therapist, Clinical Resource Therapist and Psychosocial Recovery Coach. I bring a client-centred, trauma informed and empowerment-based approach to wellness and understand the human creative capacity as the tool for developing key practical skills for expression and wellness recovery. I have a passion for nurturing what works in a person’s world, drawing on strengths to connect with and grow what makes your heart really sing.

Alongside my role as Arts Therapist, I offer Psychosocial Recovery Coaching working collaboratively with individuals experiencing psychosocial disability to design, plan and implement a recovery plan that supports positive change. Both Creative Arts Therapy and Psychosocial Recovery Coaching are NDIS supported for self-managed and plan managed participants.

I am currently completing a Masters of Social Work, and a Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development. In my personal time you will find me relishing in old magazines and making collage art, swimming at the beach, or learning about permaculture and how to live in good harmony both inside and out.

I work from Seva House on Thursdays between 9-3pm

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