Art as Therapy

Using art, storytelling and creativity therapeutically with children and young people.

Julie Neale

As a newcomer to the centre and the West Midlands generally, I am delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside my fellow therapists and colleagues at the Elysia Centre. The theme of Renewal feels fitting as I find myself experiencing a renewed enthusiasm for my own therapeutic work, working and learning as a member of the Elysia team.

My own work history spans diverse experiences, interests and competences from the healing arts, education and the arts & crafts world. My interest is in working with children and young people in providing a gentle but deep transformational approach, working with their soul searching questions, and helping them finding their own innate strengths and healing capacities to move on to the next stage of their journey, whatever their current difficulties may be.  My studies encompass Anthroposophical Art Therapy, Steiner Waldorf Education, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Storytelling and Storytelling in Education.   My work is an integration of all the above to find the most therapeutic way of working with each child or young person.

Alongside my work at the Elysia centre, I work as a storyteller and workshop leader both in the UK and abroad.  I am particularly interested in initiation and transformation stories and the use of storytelling and other art forms to help children (and adults) cope with loss, trauma or difficult periods in their lives. I recently worked on a project for the Barnardo’s charity bringing storytelling to vulnerable children and work as a school counsellor for a large secondary school in Birmingham.

2017 was the year I was able to offer weekend workshops at the Elysia centre for adults, a weekend course on the Skills of the Storyteller and a six session Painting for Wellbeing course, following Rudolf Steiner’s inspirations on working with colour.  I hope to run both of these courses again in 2018, dates and more information will appear on the website in due course.

Contact or bookings

Phone: 07971 635856 | Email

Julie Neale