Glenda Needs

MA Disability (Art Therapy in Disability), GDip Creative Arts Therapy,  GCert Neuroscience, BADrama, Cert IV Business Management, Cert IV TAE, Cert. Professional Counsellor, MasterCert Professional Supervision, ProfMACATA, VP ACATA.
Glenda Needs has been using the arts therapeutically for almost 20 years and completed her Post Graduate Arts Therapy training at RMIT. She has an extensive background in multimodal Arts Therapy, both with diverse client populations and in an educational role. Glenda has an academic and practical background in drama, art, neuroscience, disability, counselling, clinical supervision, paediatric psycho-social palliative care and art therapy. She worked for many years in her own busy Art Therapy practice, providing both private and organization funded consultations. Glenda also established the Art Therapy program at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia and worked as the Head Art Therapist in Paediatric Palliative Care.

Glenda spent several years as the Head of Creative Therapies for IKON Institute of Australia, and in her semi retirement still regularly teaches. She also guest lectures at Flinders University and Tabor College. Glenda provides Professional Supervision for Counsellors and Art Therapists and maintains a small Art Psychotherapy client caseload. Glenda believes passionately in giving Arts Therapies a voice, and a place in wellbeing and mental health services across Australia. In an effort to bring about this awareness she also holds the position of Vice President for ACATA, the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association in a voluntary capacity, and continues to advocate for Arts Therapies in many environments.

Australia and worked as the head art therapist in Paediatric Palliative Care.  

Cath Lappin.  Lecturer – Art Therapy

Bachelor of Visual Arts, Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Senior First Aid/Mental Health first aid, Accredited Rock and Water Facilitator 

For the past 5 years, I have worked primarily as an Art Therapist within a variety of settings and predominantly with young people. I have over 20 years experience as community arts worker and established and operated my own business as an Art Therapist for 4 years during which time I designed, developed and implemented Art Therapy programs for disengaged young people ‘at risk’, disability groups, new arrival and refugee communities to name a few.

In 2010 I joined Connected Self and worked as a Senior Youth Practitioner and Case Manager. Recently (2013) I have taken the position of Senior Art Therapist to deliver and oversee all Art Therapy programs delivered by Connected Self. My extensive art therapy experience has also led me to train and tutor up coming art therapists at the IKON Institute of Australia (RTO).

Belinda Ryan.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling & Dip of Counselling, SA

DipAT BA(CommStud) MSocSc(CounsStud), Cert IV Training & Assessment. 

Belinda is a qualified Art Therapist and Counsellor having studied a Communications Degree and Masters in Social Sciences (Counselling Studies) at University of South Australia as well as Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy at IKON.
Bel has worked for over 13 years in varying psychosocial roles in the Education, Health and Not for profit sectors. She has worked extensively with Adolescents where she has developed and facilitated numerous programs allowing participants to reflect on their life, ultimately providing a holistic approach to wellbeing.

Belinda has an understanding of the issues that face people in crisis, as well as having a variety of strategies to support, motivate and guide. Her warm and friendly manner guides clients to develop a better understanding of themselves, build resilience avnd become empowered in their own life.

Complimenting her teaching of the Transpersonal Art Therapy and Diploma of Counselling at IKON, Bel is currently an Art Therapist in Paediatric Palliative Care at the Womens and Childrens Hospital as well as having her own private practice ‘Ignite Art Therapies’.

Alexsandra White.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy, SA

Bachelor Of Early Childhood Education, Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Ethics Teacher

Alexsandra has experienced a deep and varied spiritual life journey. From her experiences and by personally witnessing the healing and transformative ability of Art with children she was led into the area of Art Therapy. A love of all things creative and artistic sits alongside her rich background in Transpersonal Art Therapy and Education. As a Transpersonal Art Therapist she has worked with children, adults and groups. She brings a gentle approach creating a safe space for the clients healing. She is honoured to witness a client’s journey and to be a resource; she believes we hold answers within and sometimes require support to access them.

Alexsandra is an enthusiastic Teacher/Trainer and has been educating adults, children and their families for over 25 years.  She is a versatile teacher with a holistic approach, and this is demonstrated in her range of work as a Transpersonal Art Therapist/Trainer, Childcare/ Preschool/ Primary School Teacher, and a Special Needs Teacher. She also loves teaching ‘future’ Art Therapists at the IKON Institute of Australia (RTO).

Her passions include enjoying all aspects of Art, Painting, Music & Music festivals, Travelling, Exploring inner worlds, Storytelling, Poetry, Philosophy and Transpersonal Psychology, and a love of Lifelong learning.

Bronwen Winterburn.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy, SA

Masters Clinical Psychology (MAPS), BA Psychology (Hons), BA Fine Arts, Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment.

Bronwen is a Psychologist | Art Therapist with a private practice in Stirling SA.  Bronwen has been a practicing Art Therapist for 12 years, and this year has had the fortune to study Jungian Archetypal Dream Analysis under Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Colorado.

Bronwen’s journey began with a degree in Applied Fine Arts, where she spent a few years as an exhibiting Artist. As a result of her own incredibly rich experiences with the art process, she was led to complete a Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy with the IKON Institute.

Bronwen has experience with diverse client populations including multi-cultural experience in areas, such as, Autism, Aspergers’ Syndrome, Anorexia Nervosa, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and Personality Disorders. She continues to work with both children and adults.

She is dedicated to advocating for increased access to art therapy as an intervention that can offer additional benefits and healing in a very individualised and rich way.

Bronwen enjoys Meditation, Painting, Sculpture, Travelling and exploring inner and outer worlds, the study of Mythology and Ritual, Story telling, Sacred Poetry, Mysticism, Experimental Music, Philosophy, Buddhist practice and genuine connection with people from all walks of life.

Terry Larson.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy &Transpersonal Counseling & Shamanic

Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology/Native Title). Bachelor of Social Work, (Honours thesis development of intrinsic spirituality as a treatment for depression). Diploma and Advanced Diploma Shamanic Practice, Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Diploma Transpersonal Counseling(ongoing)., Certificate IV TAE. Memberships: AASW, SPAA, IICT, SOTEMS.

Terry has been in private practice offering transpersonal psychotherapy and shamanic oriented arts therapies for over ten years.  He has undertaken extensive training in shamanism and in service offers a deep passion for the discovery of being, myth – ritual and healing. Apart from teaching, counseling and providing professional supervision he also offers workshops in meditation, shamanic orientated arts, drum making and shamanic healing rituals. His research interests are in applied anthropology; art as a healer of the body, of the land and of the spirit.

Philippa Bembo.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling (SA, QLD & WA)

MA International Communication, BA Applied Communication Studies, Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Cert IV TAA

Philippa Bembo is an experienced educator, writer, counsellor and facilitator. Using counselling, dreamwork and astrology, Philippa offers a humanistic transpersonal approach to creatively assist people to achieve their own goals. She is also committed to working with young people and adults experiencing isolation and marginalisation.

Philippa is a lecturer in the IKON Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy diplomas at the College of Complementary Medicine Sydney, and guest lecturer at the IKON Institute in South Australia.

Philippa’s previous professional background was in communication research for social issues.

Daniel Rainer Rothschild.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling (SA, QLD & WA)

Bachelor of Music (Composition), Bachelor of Arts (Honours Anthropology), Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, PhD Social Theory (Current)

Dan has been teaching with IKON now for 4 years. His passion has always been for theory and the way theoretical knowledge can be utilised to create practical transformation in one’s thinking and one’s living. Dan is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne, writing about how singing enacts a transformation of one’s being-in-the-world. This work is a culmination of all his previous degrees in Music, Anthropology, and Psychotherapy, and the central tenets of his thesis also draw significantly from experiences awakened in his own personal therapy.

Dan is a strong advocate of the positive benefits of personal therapy and believes therapy to be an essential aspect of his love of learning more generally. In his teaching, Dan hopes to impart the value of learning by demonstrating that the knowledge laid out in ostensibly abstract philosophies only really comes alive when applied to one’s own life, and concomitantly, that life can be significantly enhanced through engaging in this applied way with philosophy.

Chris Caldwell.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling (SA, QLD & WA)

Chris Caldwell is a highly regarded psychologist, bodyworker, teacher and facilitator with thirty years experience in personal therapy, group process and class room teaching.

He lectured and was the counselling co-ordinator for 10 years at Phoenix Institute in Melbourne, Victoria.  Chris also lectured and was humanities co-ordinator for 10 years at The Southern School of Natural Therapies.  His training is eclectic including academic study, personal therapy and counseling, ashram experience and current engagement with shamanic healing practices.

Chris’s passion is in deepening his understanding of traditional and indigenous cosmology and healing methods for self development and to provide effective support for others at this time.

Jo Rockendorfer.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling (SA, QLD & WA)

Jo is passionate about supporting the important transitions all of us make in life and in helping each person to unearth their full potential through the doorway of deeper self-knowledge and transformation. Her vision is to invoke the healing aspects of myth, dance, ritual and the creative in supporting others to believe in their sense of purpose, passion and joy in the world.

Jo has a great love of her family including her dog Belle and relishes a story around the fire, dancing with friends, the adventure of travel, delights in the beauty of nature and growing a heartfelt, creative and spiritual life.

Tanya Wilson.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling

BA Arts (Dance), Diploma Transpersonal Counselling, Cert IV Training & Assessment.

Tanya’s career in natural therapies and healing practices has spanned the last 20 years. Currently in private practice, Tanya works as a counsellor, and facilitates group workshops for personal and professional development, and offers meditation classes.

Tanya has studied Tibetan Buddhism and has spent time in the practices of both the Theravada and Tibetan styles of meditation. She also has a strong connection with Shamanic Healing, and participates regularly in Sweat Lodge and shamanic ritual as part of her own personal practices.

As consciousness expansion as a passion,  meditation, ritual, shamanic healing, harmonious human relationships, compassion and gratitude growing, are a big part of Tanya’s life. Hence these aspects, as well as an intent to help empower others, flows through to her role as facilitator, therapist and teacher.

Donna Longden.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling

B.Nsg; Cert Mid; Grad Dip Ed Counselling; Grad Dip Ed (Sec); M.Soc.Sc (counselling); Cert IV in workplace training: PAFCA Clinical and Register Supervisor

Donna Longden began her career as a Registered Nurse and Midwife.  Her journey has taken her through the fields of health, social science and education, holding qualifications in these three areas. Donna has worked in the Catholic, Independent and Tertiary education sectors  as a school counsellor and Educator.

In 2010 – 2011 she held the position of Head of Post-graduate studies in Counselling at Tabor Adelaide.  Donna’s passion rests with supervision of counsellors equipping them for their chosen paths and her own work with families and children.  Donna currently works in private practice and as a school counsellor at St Andrew’s School.  Her focus of both supervision and counselling families and children allows her to integrate her knowledge of counselling, holistic health and education into her professional work settings.

Her striving is in empowering both counsellor and client, staff, and students in the areas of self-discipline, respect, tolerance and empathy so they can excel in their own personal goals of excellence.

Tara Lekakis.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Counselling & Transpersonal Art Therapy

Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, Bachelor of Holistic Counselling.

Tara Lekakis is a qualified Art Therapist and Holistic Counselor. Tara has experience working with diverse populations, from children to adults experiencing mental illness. Tara is currently working as an Art Therapist and Program Facilitator in a private psychiatric setting. She facilitates Art Therapy and psycho education groups for the general psychiatric ward, Addictive Behaviors Program, PTSD program and the Eating Disorders Unit, she runs a successful out patient Art Therapy day program from the clinic also. Tara’s is curious about and has conducted research into the philosophical notions of relationship. Relationship from a therapeutic perspective and the relations we have with ourselves, others and the world in which we reside. Tara’s personal loves include practicing yoga, dancing, distance running and bush hikes, she loves making things – food, gardens, art, sculpture and being in nature.

Jackie Reineke.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy

Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Dip Counselling and Therapeutic Group Work, Dip Children’s Services, Dip Pedagogy, Cert IV Training & Assessment. 
Jackie is an Art Therapist. She manages her own practice, Artwell Art Therapy, where she provides art therapy sessions for children, adolescents and adults. She also enjoys facilitating art based therapeutic workshops.

Before she studied at IKON she worked in early childhood education and care and in the field of disability. Her interest in supporting children and people who have experienced trauma led her to study counselling and therapeutic group work, infant mental health and later on art therapy. She has worked in the not for profit sector as a therapeutic case worker with children and families. She has also worked as a trainer at TAFE lecturing in Community Services!

Jackie loves being creative and feels very passionate about the amazing opportunities art psychotherapy offers to people of all ages and abilities.

Sally Holmes.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy, WA

MA Drama Therapy, ECU; Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Ikon; BA English Lit, UWA; Diploma of Directing, East 15 Acting School, London; Certificate in Advanced Theory and Practice (Art Therapy), Art Process Works;  Certificate in Group Facilitation, Cert IV Training & Assessment.

Sally Holmes is a working Creative Arts Therapist with training and experience in Art, Drama and Sandplay Therapy. She is also an experienced teacher and group facilitator.

Sally worked as a Creative Arts Therapist/Drug and Alcohol Counsellor at Women’s Health and Family Services for many years. Here, in addition to one to one Art Therapy, she has run many Creative Arts groups. She has also worked at both women’s prisons, Bandyup and Boronia, doing similar work.

She is now predominantly focusing on her work as a teacher with the IKON Institute, with a commitment to helping it continue to thrive and grow in WA, in addition to her private practice.

Sally’s previous professional background was in the theatre, directing plays and teaching Theatre Arts at Curtin University for many years.

Tessa Wylde.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy & Transpersonal Counselling, WA

Art Therapy MA, ECU; Graduate Diploma of Art Therapy ECU; Diploma Transpersonal Counselling; Fine Arts BA, Steiner Education DIP, Performing Art 2year CERT, Training & Assessment Cert IV.

Tessa works with The City of Mandurah as Project Manager for “The Big Draw”, a community involved project that began in the UK as “the worlds’ biggest celebration of drawing, with events held across the UK and in twenty other countries”.

Tessa also works casually as an Art Therapist working at places like CECAT in Graylands (Mental Health), Tessa has worked with children from D.V. backgrounds and also worked privately as an Art Therapist.

Previously Tessa worked as studio coordinator for CATA, applying creative programs and activities for people living with disability.   During her time as artist in residence with The Dunmoochin Foundation, Tessa established herself as an artist and held solo and group exhibition and was also involved in community art projects.

As a member of a theatre Group called “Women with Moustaches” Tessa co-wrote and performed for “La Ma Ma’s” – and other venues, and with funding from the Ministry of the Arts performed for schools and delivered workshops. Tessa also taught drama in after school programs in Victoria.

Russya Connor.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy, WA

MA (Drama Therapy). PACFA Reg.

A registered drama therapist who also specializes in bodywork, movement and creative expression, Russya has worked extensively as an actor , performer  and therapist in Europe and Australia. With clinical experience in the drug and alcohol sector working with children and adults, Russya has delivered drama therapy training at non-government agencies, maintains her own practice and lectures in contemporary performance at WAAPA. She is also a PHD candidate.


Bee Tin Teoh

BA (Literature & Psychology), Grad Dip in Education, MS (Career & Counselling), Master of Art Therapy, Certification in sandplay, psychodrama, movement and art. 

Bee is a universal soul, she travels from the east to the west.  She appreciates the subtlety in the oriental culture and traditions, at the same she sees the boldness and courage in the western society and hopes to bring the depth and wholesome of the eastern philosophy to the uniqueness of the western society.

When she started to “paint” something on the white paper, she realised that it was a journey of creation ~ “something out of nothing”.  This realisation kept her on her journey until she found her passion in Art Therapy where she is able to uphold her creative activities at the same time reaching out to those people who need a hand.

She is passionate in sharing her knowledge and skills in art therapy.  At the same, she sincerely hopes that everyone can have a peaceful life with happiness and just a pinch of bitterness to add the spice into life.

Jen Chester.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy, QLD

Master of mental health (Art Therapy), Bachelor degree in Psychological Science, Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy, Cert IV Training & Assessment. 

Jen is an experienced artist, art therapist and group facilitator, She has worked mainly with young people aged 12-25, but also has experience in working with people with disabilities and is currently working with families at risk. She uses the healing aspects of art, myth, movement, dance and ritual in supporting others to find their purpose, passion and joy in the world.

Jen loves time with her family, her animals and the lands of her birth (England) and her adoptive land of Australia. She is currently exploring shamanism and indigenous spiritual beliefs to further enhance her life experience.

Jannie Olsen Leach.  Lecturer – Art Therapy, QLD

Masters MH (Art Psychotherapy) AThR, Bachelor of Social  Work,  Diploma in Creative Arts an Design, Diplomas in Holistic Therapies ,  Cert IV Workplace Training, Cert. Single Session Therapy, Cert. supervisor, Cert. Friends for Life provider, Cert IV Training & Assessment.

Jannie is a mother, art psychotherapist, artist, advanced social worker, clinical specialist and educator. She has many years of experience working within government and private sectors with families, children and adolescences in Denmark, Germany, Israel, USA, England and Australia.

Jannie works as an advanced clinical specialist and art psychotherapist with the Child Development Program in the Children’s Health Service District of Queensland Health. She provides art psychotherapy to children and families from a systemic family centred perspective from her own practice in Paddington as well as lecture in the diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy with IKON. She has several experiences with conference presentations and workshops as well as written papers and book chapter.

Jannie loves being with her family and friends, has a great love for beach life, art, books, travelling, movies and listening to people with great stories about life.

Adrian Harris.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy

Masters Degree in Creative Arts Therapy, Masters Degree in Social Work, Bachelors Degree in Design (Visual Communication), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Business (Small Business Management)

Adrian is an Artist, Social Worker and Creative Arts Therapist. He is a past president of the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association and is passionate about building the professional profile of the arts therapies in Australia. Adrian has many years experience working privately and as a member of therapeutic teams in clinical and community-based settings.

Virginia Woods.  Lecturer – Transpersonal Art Therapy, QLD

Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Masters by Supervision- Melbourne Institute of Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies, Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, Graduate Diploma in Dance Therapy, Certificate in Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy- Module 1, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling

Virginia Woods is a psychologist, dance-movement therapist and sensorimotor psychotherapist, and creative arts psychotherapist. She has a wide range of experience in counselling over 30 years. Virginia has developed expertise in body image and somatic psychotherapy through on-going training in dance/movement therapy and mindfulness strategies (including Hakomi and A.C.T.). She has also completed Masters by Supervision in expressive arts therapy and completed Module 1 in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with trauma.

Virginia is a spiritual seeker, has had a long practice of meditation, and trained in Shamanic healing. Through personal exploration in dance and movement she has experienced a deepening of health in body, mind and spirit. Virginia enjoys inviting others to experience the joy and freedom of moving and expressing from their essential self.

Adrian Zygmunt Lania. Dramatherapy Trainer

MA.Psy, Dip.ArtsTh, Dip.Ed, MAPS, AthR

Adrian was born and educated in Wroclaw, Poland. He is a psychologist and dramatherapist. Adrian arrived in Sydney in 2004. Since then he has been working with children and adolescents at schools in Sydney South West Area. Adrian is the co-leader of an Introductory and an Advanced Dramatherapy Course, run by the Dramatherapy Centre. He enjoys working experimentally within the safe structure of the therapeutic process. In 2006 he created together with Joanna Jaaniste a documentary DVD: “Going Birco”, which was about the use of dramatherapy within the school setting (see ANZATA Newsletter 2007). Since then he has been made a performing member of Sydney Playback Theatre Company.

Joanna Jaaniste.  Dramatherapy Trainer

PhD, AthR (Drama), B.A.(Hons.), Dip.Ed., Dip.Dramatherapy

Joanna is a registered Dramatherapist who has practised dramatherapy in mental health, adolescent and substance abuse areas since 1993. She specialises in story work, roleplay and improvisational interventions. Her lively approach is influenced by the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner. She believes strongly in the power of dramatherapy to assist participants to find new directions for their lives. Her clinical work involves her in acute and community group and individual work in Fairfield/Liverpool Mental Health.
She is a member of a Board which gives funding to drug and alcohol related services, and works privately with co-morbid issues as well as in the public health system. She is principal of the Dramatherapy Centre in Sydney, and runs courses together with her colleague, Adrian Lania. She has taught at postgraduate level at UWS and UTS, and has lectured at the Wesley Institute and presented papers in UK, USA and South Africa. She has published articles on dramatherapy in Synergy, the Journal of Multicultural Mental Health, Australia, and the British Association of Dramatherapists peer-reviewed Journal, Dramatherapy. She is currently doing a PhD in dramatherapy and dementia.

Tracey Nicholson.  Movement Therapy

Tracey is a Movement Therapist who believes that being connected with the sensations and functions of your body is essential to a healthy existence. Tracey delivers the Graduate Certificate in Movement Based Somatic Therapy across Australia and overseas, as a means of combining and consolidating her skills into a formal qualification. Tracey is passionate about creating a method that truly uses movement as the basis for therapeutic intervention.


Zea Perrotta. Lecturer – Diploma of Youth Work, Dual Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs and Mental Health, SA
Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Counselling Studies), Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)

Zea has a background in education, family counselling, youth engagement, presenting and communication in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors.

Zea has worked extensively with young people in a range of roles; including family counselling in drug and alcohol services with young people aged 12-25, delivering community education, and developing and facilitating group work.

Zea is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences which develop new understandings, in order to encourage insightful action that can transform our world, one unique and special person at a time, in creative and resourceful ways. Global citizenship, social justice and bringing our shared humanity to the fore, are cherished topics of engagement for Zea.

In addition to teaching at IKON (described by Zea as a fabulous place of education which truly embraces all of the above), Zea teaches the thought-provoking Humanities and Social Sciences course to pre-service teachers, in the Bachelor of Education course at the University of South Australia. Zea is also enjoying the profoundly life-changing role of motherhood at home, with a resourceful and creative young child.