Phylaine is an Art Psychotherapist, AThR (MAT, Master of Art Therapy) at Colourfully. She has recently relocated to Singapore from Melbourne, where she was receiving training. Phylaine believes that art therapy is a gentle yet powerful channel for one’s innermost realities to be witnessed and honoured, and in time, healed.
Together, the client, therapist, and artwork form a triangular relationship that is
unique to art therapy. It is suitable for all individuals who prefer less confronting
methods of psychotherapy as healing can occur even in non-verbal settings facilitated by carefully chosen art materials and art-making activities.
Phylaine is experienced in supporting adolescents and adults with mild to severe and enduring eating disorders, childhood trauma (including sexual abuse, abandonment, domestic violence, loss of family), depression, low self-esteem (LSE), anxiety disorders, and other long-standing psychiatric or physical conditions. She takes on a strengths-based approach with this client population with the aims of strengthening their sense of self, which aids them in developing an identity that is apart from their conditions.
Phylaine is also passionate about working with younger clients who are non-verbal or have other physical or learning disabilities. As each individual’s needs are unique, she creates sensory-stimulating art therapy experiences that are tailored to their capabilities. Some common therapeutic goals for this client group include encouraging better control over gross/fine-motor functions, emotional regulation, increased capacity for joint-attention, confidence, self-expression, and overall improvement in their emotional quality of life.
Some Singaporean organisations that Phylaine has partnered includes the Ministry of Education (MOE), Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, TOUCH Community Services, Ang Mo Kio Family Care Centre, the Yellow Ribbon Project, and United Overseas Bank. International organisations include The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Able Australia.
Phylaine holds the Master of Art Therapy from La Trobe University, Australia, as well as the Bachelor of Digital Marketing and Media (University of Murdoch, Australia) and Bachelor in Design Communications (Hons) from LASALLE College of the Arts. She had also received grade 8 certifications in both performance Electone and Piano awarded by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
Phylaine is a professional member of The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapists Association (ANZACATA), as well as the Art Therapists’ Association of Singapore (ATAS).