Experienced, professional facilitation and training for health care professionals

MEGAN SHIELL

Graduate Diploma in Expressive Therapies

Masters of Art Therapy at University of Western Sydney

Registered Professional Member Australian & New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) (AThR)

Registered Member of Australian Counselling Association (ACA) (level 4)

Registered Clinical Supervisor for practitioners working in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Informed practice, Art Therapists & Counsellors

Presenter at many conferences in Australia and overseas from 2006 until present day

An invited guest lecturer for the master of Psychology students at Bond. 

Group & Individual DBT Therapist and Trainer - trained by Prof. Marsha Linehan's team at Behavioral Tech, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Consultant to organizations that wish to work with DBT

Marsha and Megan Brisbane 2016

Marsha and Megan Brisbane 2016

 

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

 

First developed and researched by Prof. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., at the University of Washington in the late 1970's. Original research is evidenced based practice for clients suffering the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (Complex PTSD). Now researched to be effective for many other diagnoses for clients who have difficulty in managing their emotions. Many disorders such as BiPolar, Depression and Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Panic Disorders etc. are being assisted by the learning of DBT skills.

Megan's experience has demonstrated that combining creativity with DBT Skills training helps clients identify repetitive behaviours and can assist in reintegrating information in the safe contained environment whilst working in a therapeutic relationship with a Registered Art Therapist.

A client's image and Description

 

 

This is my collage explaining the ‘pushing away skill’ a Distress Tolerance skill in DBT.

“I feel like I am a battered bulldog, I am not going to be hooked in by the ‘fish’. I sometimes feel that words don’t make any sense not my meanings anyway. I feel like I am invisible in the crowd. But I say no and push away the things that others want me to do, I can put them on a shelf and deal with them when I feel stronger, that is the skill I have learnt to manage my urges to self-sabotage."

 

Making the image itself is a process for the client in ‘Distress Tolerance’. Sharing the emotional content around making the image can be healing and less confronting than verbal therapy alone. Its as though this artwork ‘the transitional object’ can speak for itself.

Megan works as a consultant to organizations to assist in setting up DBT programs and has also trained over 500 practitioners in the last 2 years based on the researched model of DBT. Megan has trained NGO's in regional Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

 

Megan has developed a '2 Day Intensive DBT Training' and has trained many practitioners in every State of Australia and in New Zealand in the last few years.Her training covers the new research since 2015 and working with adolescents using DBT. (Go to Link 'About DBT above') -

2018 Registration Form

 

 

ART PSYCHOTHERAPY

Art Psychotherapy/Art Therapy involves the process of engaging creatively with art in a therapeutic supporting relationship.  Megan works within the traditional frame of an Art Psychotherapist and offers individual and group therapy for clients of all ages. Art Psychotherapy is suitable for children, adolescents, adults and seniors and is based on the belief that the process of engaging creatively in art making, within a therapeutic relationship, supports changes in a client's inner world, and helps the client to develop a more integrated sense of self, with increased self awareness and acceptance. It assists with improving the client’s personal growth and insight, processing of traumatic experiences, and resolving of inner conflicts.

Megan’s passion is facilitating group programs that offer help with Emotional Regulation. Megan’s experience has demonstrated that combining creativity and cognitive based therapies helps clients better understand their behaviours. This integration of knowledge and skills has been shown to assist in the development of an improved sense of well-being. Learning verbally and non-verbally offers two very different ways of integrating information. Megan also trains other allied health professionals in these approaches, teaches in academic programs and supervises other Health Care Professionals and Students.

A Client's image and description

"What it feels like to be me"

 

 

"The left side of my face looks like this as some days I see a blue sky with clouds passing by, but even though I am calm (green representing calm) I feel there are always tears underneath I cannot control. On the other side of my face there is fear and pain and terror that I see but I put on the mask that all is OK (the blue)."

This lady presents often as calm and collected but during our period of working tougher (4 years) she has been able to express through Art Therapy her deep fears and confusion at experiencing terror one minute and a chronic feeling of emptiness in the next. Through Art Therapy sessions she has been able to develop a greater sense of who she is and how she has inner strength and courage to overcome the symptoms of her illness.

 

Megan presents widely at conferences and seminars - an example is a presentation done last year for AHHCA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3JGri_ciAI

 

Megan has developed a Weekend Workshop training titled 'Art Therapy and Creativity with varying model of treatment for different client groups'.

YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF WITH 8 ART EXERCISES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

(Detail in About - Art Therapy Training Opportunities above)

KAREN PENCE - USA VICE PRESIDENT'S PASSION 

In her role of wife of the Vice President Karen Pence has chosen to make the promotion of the healing powers of Art Therapy her mission.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-23/karen-pence-talks-about-her-passion-for-art-therapy/8464820

All EXPRESSIVE THERAPY CLINIC'S TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS ARE ENDORSED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY WORKERS 

 

Expressive Therapy Clinic programs are now endorsed for CPD/OPD Points with:

Also listed on APS and PACFA Webpage

NEW

ONLINE DBT INFORMED SKILLS FOR CLIENTS - COMING SOON

'ME' Managing Emotions Program

FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO MANAGE THEIR EMOTIONS WELL AND BUILD MORE RESILIENCE TO HANDLING STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

 
 

 

 

 

 

Please phone 0417 084 846 for all enquiries

Contact

Contact Megan Shiell at ETC – Tweed Heads

0417 084 846

Registered Art Psychotherapist:
#HP2005N-208

Dialectical Behavior Therapist:
ACA Member #7159

Further Info

For further information on Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy: www.anzata.org.