Jewel is a Writer, Creative Arts Therapist / Counsellor / Play Therapist and is also involved in Energy Healing work. She is an internationally renowned workshop presenter and trainer and has immersed deeply into areas relating to healing and spirituality for many years.
Jewel's qualifications include: Masters of Arts in Art Therapy, Diploma of Child Psychotherapy, Certificate in Rebalancing Bodywork, Bachelor of Education. She is a Professional Member and Registered Creative Arts Therapist / Psychotherapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Jewel has also passionately immersed in training in energy healing and spiritual healing and this has included Rebalancing, Reiki 1 and 2, Sufi Healing Practices and other transpersonal and humanistic areas.
Jewel has a great love of writing and in 2019 is working on the completion of her first novel which focuses on themes of healing, love and redemption. She has been committed to expressive, reflective, creative and non fiction writing for many years. Jewel felt a deep calling to write in 2007 after she experienced major surgery and this led her onto the pathway to discovering the joys of writing fiction. For many years, Jewel has incorporated creative arts and reflective and expressive writing into the healing sessions, 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.
Jewel is also the founder and Director of the Play Therapy Online Training Academywhere she offers international online training and professional development in the Child Centered Play Therapy approach, a heartful form of counselling and psychotherapy for children. She was previously the founder and Director of Play Therapy Australia from 2001 to March 2015 and trained and mentored many mental health professionals across Australia in Child Centered Play Therapy. 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.
Jewel lives near the lovely coastal city of Fremantle in Western Australia and spends time regularly in the beautiful Northern New South Wales area.
Jewel has given professional presentations and facilitated many workshops for agencies and universities. These include:
Edith Cowan University: Masters of Art Therapy & Drama Therapy Programs,Western Australia
Royal Children’s Hospital: Brisbane, Queensland
Child & Youth Mental Health Services,Gold Coast QLD
Child and Family Support Agency: New Zealand
Her earlier work includes:
Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Counselling private practice and personal development workshops
Counsellor/Play Therapist, Educational Officer and support roles in Children’s Residential Care and Foster Care programs and Education Officer with the Department of Child Development
Rebalancing Bodywork private practice and tutoring at Curtin University
Music Specialist / Teaching
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 heartful, loving relationships with dogs and she also has a great interest in interspecies communication and animal assisted therapy programs. She will be offering a workshop through Heart and Soul Writing in 2019 for dog lovers who want to write about their special experiences and deeply heartful relationships with their dogs!