NDIS and Arts Therapy

If you have funding in your plan for improved daily living, you may choose to use that funding or part of that funding for art therapy. 

If you would like assistance understanding your NDIS plan or how you can access art therapy with your funding, please get in touch. We can also offer a letter of support to request art therapy funding through your NDIS plan review and are comfortable providing evidence of the benefits to meet NDIS requirements.

Crayons and Stuff also provide NDIS training to other therapeutic practitioners.

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Under the NDIS, art therapy is provided as an allied health service.

While many people choose to use the title of art/arts therapist, NDIS registered providers must meet the qualification standards required for professional membership of the Australian, New Zealand, and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA).

While Crayons and Stuff is not a registered NDIS Provider. However, we are committed to upholding quality standards and being accountable to NDIS participants for how we will work with you.

Alisoun and Sally both have a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice and are eligible for membership of ANZACATA. Sally is a professional member of ANZACATA and Alisoun has registered as a provisional member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia (PACFA). Through this, our work is also represented by the Allied Health Professional Association.

In addition to NDIS Therapeutic Supports, we can also offer services as a non-registered provider of early intervention supports for early childhood and some specialised programs of support under community participation activities including innovative community participant.

Crayons and Stuff charges for expressive arts therapy are in line with the NDIS Price Guide, with discounts negotiated for travel or short-term budget limitations.

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Arts Therapy with Alisoun or Sally

Creative arts therapy combines traditional counselling techniques with a range of creative approaches.

Your therapist may invite you to represent or explore your story creatively at key points in the session (e.g. through a painting, movement, an object, or poem). This may feel daunting at first but can be very powerful as a process and you will not have to do anything you do not want to do. No skill or experience in art making is necessary. A standard art therapy appointment is 60 minutes but longer sessions can be negotiated on request. Sessions are available to adults, children, and young people. We can only see women and girls in person at Eve Studio (trans and non-binary inclusive), but can offer other arrangements for everyone else. Women attending Eve for the first time will also receive a free week of unlimited fitness classes which can be used across the Preston and Brunswick studios. You will receive this pass when you come to your first appointment and you can redeem it when suits you. Eve Studio members get 10% off all appointments. NDIS sessions can be funded under Improved Daily Living.

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Arts Therapy Groups

Let us know what you are looking for

Crayons and Stuff is taking expressions of interest for expressive arts therapy groups, with a view to starting when we have enough interest. We can deliver groups online at any time and/or can start face-to-face groups when COVID restrictions allow. Please register your interest and let us know what you are looking for, or simply get in touch if you want more information about NDIS funding for Crayons and Stuff art therapy groups.


Our NDIS Practice Values and Ways of Working

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Reflections on practice values when 

working in the NDIS

"The balancing act: Performing stories of our practice within systems of the state."

Alisoun Neville and Carla van Laar published this article in JOCAT in December 2020, after long discussions about the importance of our practice values working in complex systems.

Video interview on mental health and the NDIS

Alisoun talks about her arts therapy with NDIS participants who are experiencing mental health issues. She highlights how arts therapy is an adaptable approach that makes mental health care a personalised experience, with an emphasis on individual choice and agency as major factors in supporting mental health and well-being.

Practitioner training in registration and Working with NDIS Goals

Crayons and Stuff provide training for practitioners who want to work in the NDIS. This includes Working with NDIS Goals for other therapeutic practitioners, tailored to support person-centred approaches by arts therapists, music therapists, and counsellors.