Renée Barker

Renée Barker

Art Therapist
In Person Therapy Available
Next available Sunday, Oct 1st

Arts therapy uses creativity to explore our life stories in ways that promote personal growth and change in our lives. Whether you recognise what is troubling you or not, I can help you identify and process issues and feelings that arise during our sessions together. My approach is gentle, non-judgmental, supportive and professional. By engaging with an active and sensory process using art materials you can learn new things about yourself and/or view the past with a different lens. During a session we might use paint, pastel, movement, clay, collage, writing, talking or play during therapy. I will never interpret what you create. All personal expressions are welcome and treated with the utmost respect. It’s important to know that you don’t have to be ‘good at art’ to engage with arts therapy. Everyone is creative and arts therapy focuses on what you learn about yourself in the process of making art, not the end product. One of my specialties is working with children and adolescents (5+). Building trust between the child and myself is paramount to the therapeutic process. I am completely child-led and will always work at the pace that they determine. The first session is undertaken with the caregiver only.


Master of Arts in Clinical Arts Therapy (First Class Honours),Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Art,Photography,Art History),Bachelor of Fine Arts



Client Type

families, children, adults, adolescents

Therapy Type

trauma therapy, person centred therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, family systems, attachment theory, art therapy

  • trauma
  • stress
  • social anxiety
  • self harm
  • self esteem and confidence
  • religion and spirituality
  • post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
  • parenting
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)
  • life changes
  • insecurities
  • identity
  • feeling stuck
  • family issues
  • domestic violence
  • depression
  • child behaviour and development
  • behavioural issues
  • attachment issues
  • anxiety
  • abuse
Arts therapy session
$130 NZD
Or free if your organisation uses Clearhead to provide wellbeing support
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