Jewel is a Writer, Creative Arts Therapist / Counsellor and Child Play Therapist. She is an internationally renowned workshop presenter and trainer and has immersed deeply into areas relating to writing, healing and spirituality for many years. Jewel has sensitively and empathically supported and mentored many people in their personal and professional journeys.
Jewel's qualifications include: Masters of Arts in Art Therapy, Diploma of Child Psychotherapy, Certificate in Rebalancing Bodywork and Bachelor of Education. She is a registered Creative Arts Therapist/Psychotherapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA).
Passion for Writing:
Jewel has a great love of writing and is currently working on the second draft of her novel which focuses on themes of healing, forgiveness, love and redemption. She is also embracing Narrative Expressive Writing which has taken her into deeper levels of connection with Writing as a Sacred and Healing Practice. Jewel shares her passion for writing with others through the inspiring Heart and Soul Writing Workshops.
Jewel has been committed to expressive, reflective, creative and non fiction writing for many years. She felt a deep calling to write in 2007 after she experienced major surgery and this led her onto the pathway to discovering the joys and transcendent experience of writing fiction. For many years, Jewel has incorporated creative arts and reflective and expressive writing into training and workshops she has offered. She has participated in writing workshops in Bali, Perth, Sydney, Byron Bay and Melbourne and in online programs with the wonderful Writers Studio in Sydney and the deeply inspiring Shelley Kenigsberg from Editing in Paradise.
Play Therapy International Training:
Jewel is also the founder and Director of the Play Therapy Online Training Academywhere she offers international online training in the Child Centered Play Therapy approach, a heartful form of counselling and psychotherapy for children from 2-10 years old. She is a leading Australian trainer in this field and was previously the founder and the Director of Play Therapy Australia from 2001 to March 2015. She specialised in working with children and offered training programs, workshops, clinical supervision and mentoring to many mental health professionals across Australia in the beautiful, heartful Child Centered Play Therapy approach. During her time as Director, Play Therapy Australia became the leading training organisation in its field in Australia and the training program she developed was deemed to be one of the top five programs in its field in the world.
Workshops for Other Groups and Earlier Work Experience:
Jewel has presented workshops to many agencies, organisations and universities and these include:
Child and Family Support Agency: Hamilton, New Zealand
Centacare: Airlie Beach, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in different Australian states
Jewel's earlier work includes: Counsellor/Play Therapist, Educational Officer and support roles in Children’s Residential Care and Foster Care programs; Rebalancing Bodywork private practice; Music Specialist/Teaching.
Jewel's Other Loves: Jewel lives near the lovely coastal city of Fremantle in Western Australia. She especially loves dogs, reading novels, writing in cafes, beautiful songs and music, the beach, glorious sub tropical places and her precious family and friends.
The Gifts and Blessings of Dogs:
As well as her passion for writing, healing and spirituality, Jewel has a great love of dogs. She has had some profound experiences through the joys of unconditional love and acceptance with the beautiful dogs below, Jewel Bella and Lawsy. She is fascinated and moved by the power of the bond and healing that can happen through the deep heart connection, empathy and love that can develop with our dogs. She also has a strong interest in inter species communication, the incredible role played by service dogs, and in animal assisted therapy programs.
The first photo below is of Jewel's beautiful American Spaniel, Jewel Bella, who spent many hours alongside her during the writing of the first draft of her novel. This very special and highly attuned little dog used to sit at Jewel's study door and bark for her to come and write when Jewel was doing everything but write!
She would then lay on the beautiful soft persian rug next to Jewel and stay with her while she wrote. Jewel discovered the power of unconditional love through her relationship with this deeply loving, courageous and beautiful dog who has left the earthly plane and who Jewel holds in her heart and continues to communicate with.
And Lawsy is our beautiful boy who was with us for 7 years. He was a rescue dog of such heart and beauty who became so deeply empathic and sensitive and always knew who needed love and support. His heart was enormous and he brought with him so many gifts.