taking care of ourselves

As we work in the realm of care for and engagement with those who are stressed and under pressure, it is essential we take care of our professional and personal selves too. This means reflecting on our practice, our development and ensuring best practice to those entrusted to our care.

Nicola has provided Clinical Supervision to Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Financial Counsellors and General Counsellors for almost twenty years. She has trained in advanced professional clinical supervision with Gestalt Therapy Brisbane, 2020.

The frameworks she uses are Gestalt and Somatic Art Therapy – an embodied, experiential, and creative approach. The sessions are always guided by the needs of the supervisee with invitations to try different approaches.

“Emotion only lasts in our body for about 90 seconds. After that the physical reaction dissipates unless our cognitive brain kicks in and starts connecting (the emotion) with past events.”

Jill Bolte Taylor



Nicola provides professional development programs designed specifically for the needs of your group or organisation such as:

  • Trauma informed art therapy for professionals
  • Art therapy Interventions for working with children
  • Basic art therapy tools for therapists, teachers and support workers
  • Art therapy for professional reflective practice
  • Group work strategies using art therapy (teams/therapeutic groups)

Talk to her about designing a program specific to the professional development needs and interests of your group.


so·​mat·​ic | sō-ˈma-tik

of, relating to, or affecting the body ‘
‘… in a study by the National Institutes of Health, 42.7% of frontline nurses who worked during the pandemic reported somatic symptoms, or physical manifestations, of stress.’  Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021

  • A safe container to facilitate your professional and personal growth
  • A place to address the impact of your work and safeguard against burnout and vicarious trauma
  • A relational, flexible, creative approach

Nicola has also founded and coordinates the Sunshine Coast Expressive Arts Mental Health Professionals Network on the Sunshine Coast.
Please make contact with Nicola for further details.

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