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About ArtPlusTherapy

Amanda Murray was born and educated in Sydney and has always been creative. Amanda has studied music and art and is currently living on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Amanda pursued art from an early age and studied art through to her HSC where her final art pieces were chosen to be exhibited in the 'Art Express' Exhibition at the Gallery of NSW. Since then Amanda has studied and exhibited jewellery, sculpture and prints in various exhibitions. She has studied in Sydney and Edinburgh, Scotland where she lived for several years consuming the culture and wonderful artistic atmosphere. She has studied Jewellery and Object design, Graphic Design, Sculpture and Fine Art. For many years, Amanda has been a volunteer within disabilities, child and adolescent mental health, special needs and education. With her creative abilities and her desire to help others she embarked on the journey to become an Art Therapist and studied her Masters at the University of Western Sydney. Amanda has made the Gold Coast her home and has been developing art workshops and facilitating art therapy workshops for many community services across the area. She is a registered Art Psychotherapist providing group and individual therapy and is developing programmes for primary and secondary education. Additionally, she is a volunteer teacher's aide and is a member of the Gold Coast Youth Services network. Amanda is passionate about art therapy and it's benefits in areas such as DV, Juvenile crime and youth homelessness. Amanda continues to advocate the art therapy services to be introduced into primary and secondary educational facilities for the emotional and behavioural support of children and adolescents.

Art Therapy supporting Domestic Violence victims

After watching a panel discuss the trauma related to domestic violence, especially towards women and children, and the lack of services here in Australia in supporting the victims, I wanted to share literature on the benefits of art therapy for … Continue reading

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Art Therapy blog

Below is a great art therapy site for anyone interested in art therapy. Cheerio, Amanda

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Expressions of interest for my new Art Therapy venture in collaboration with One Arts Gold Coast.  Offering group or individual art therapy sessions for anyone wanting, or needing, to express themselves creatively in a safe, empathic and nurturing environment. All … Continue reading

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Opening night at One Arts Gold Coast

A great opening night for One Arts Gold Coast.  Inspiring artwork, mesmerising entertainment, creative people…what more could you ask for on a balmy Gold Coast Friday evening??? Want to do it all over again and, with the enthusiasm bouncing around … Continue reading

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Round and round they go….

How many of you out there are as disturbed as I about the increasing number of child abuse, neglect and deaths, occurring in today’s world?? How many of you out there are desperately trying to find a way to help … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Welcome to! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you … Continue reading

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