Welcome to Crayons and Stuff
for Arts Therapy and Creative Consulting Services
Doing stuff differently using creative arts
We're excited to meet you. Please come and explore. Choose your starting point below.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Who is this for?
Individuals and groups seeking therapeutic services.
You may want help to decide if arts therapy is right for you or if you can access arts therapy using your NDIS funded plan.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso
Creative Consulting Services
Who is this for?
Organisations and workplaces wanting to do their workstuff differently, and
Individuals seeking mentoring and professional development.
Ask now about our processes of creative inquiry for workplaces, including not for profit, government, and corporate settings.
Arts Therapy Workshop Series
Friday 3 June to Friday 12 August
Curious? Come and follow the call...
Have you ever been curious about arts therapy? You've wanted to try it but not sure it’s for you? We invite you to follow your own curiosity and learn more about how creativity can help harness its power.
This 6 part fortnightly workshop series offers guided processes with opportunities to play, take risks, share with others and immerse deeply in your process of art-making. You will be guided by Sally Dalton or Alisoun Neville, both qualified Arts Therapists at Crayons and Stuff.
More About Crayons and Stuff
Expressive Arts Therapy and Creative Consulting Sevices
At Crayons and Stuff, we value and seek to give space to the creations, voices, and perspectives of people with lived experiences of systemic oppression, trauma, and significant live distress. This includes but is not limited to people with formal diagnoses and other interactions with the mental health system. We know that other personal experiences, such as racism, sexual/gender identity, family violence, and poverty, can also contribute a lot to our understandings of trauma and mental health.
Our Founder and Director, Dr. Alisoun Neville, draws on her own lived experience of psychosocial disability and aims to do so more publicly in the Crayons and Stuff business and practice model. For example, she has shared her story to student therapists to illustrate that trauma is created within a social context, and that the impacts of trauma may look the same as any of the diagnoses used in the medical model. Because our own stories and experiences matter, she wants to see more professional health practitioners step with confidence into public self-disclosure.
Alisoun is a qualified arts therapist, to which she brings almost 20 years of experience working in health and community services more broadly. She loves working multi-modally, across all types of materials, and has a passion for poetry and fiction as forms of therapeutic expression.
Sally Dalton has joined Alisoun as the first new member of our therapeutic team. Sally is also a qualified arts therapist and brings to this a gentle energy and deep love of the materials she uses in her work. Sally is a practicing artist, with exhibitions in Australia and the U.S., and has a background in, and passion for, community arts.
We are also launching a new model for Crayons and Stuff Consulting and Training Services. This branch of the practice uses our traditional consulting and facilitation skills to support the Crayons and Stuff vision, with the capacity to draw on our specialist training and creative toolkit for "doing workstuff differently using creative arts".
Formerly Alisoun Neville Expressive Arts Therapy
We are growing! Crayons and Stuff is the new business name for Alisoun Neville's Expressive Arts Therapy practice.
This new name is more inclusive of a broader team and supports the expansion of other aspects of the business, including our training and consultancy services.
Crayons and Stuff also has a broader vision. We seek to support and strengthen mental health and disability practices that can respond more effectively to the impacts of our society and its systems.