Art Therapist and Mental Health Social Worker
Claire Edwards is an experienced Art Therapist and Mental Health Social Worker who particularly enjoys working with young people. After training as an art therapist in London, Claire migrated to Brisbane with her family. She has worked with children, young people and families for over 15 years, at the Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Mater Children’s Hospital, and in the community. Claire also has a background in adult mental health, trauma and alcohol and drug rehabilitation. She sees adolescence as a time of great change and creativity, and is interested in encouraging children and young people to engage in art and other creative and therapeutic processes, to help them to communicate, develop mindfulness and emotional literacy.
Claire has a Research Masters in Art Therapy (which focused on eating issues in young women) from UWS, and a Masters of Social Work from QUT. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She helped establish the Masters of Mental Health – Art Therapy at UQ, and lectures on this program. She is also the mother of two amazing young men.
She is influenced by the following approaches in her therapeutic practice:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Attachment Theory and Neuropsychotherapy (therapy informed by neuroscience)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Filial Therapy (strengthening attachment by working with parent and child together)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Narrative Therapy
- Play Therapy