Expressive Therapy SA is a service providing integrative and collaborative therapy services for children, adults and families in Adelaide and across South Australia. At Expressive Therapy SA, we have a deep belief that people do not exist in isolation, and we therefore work hand in hand with families to take a whole family approach – so we can provide the right type of support at the right time and place, to meet the needs of your unique family situation.
How we work
Our integrative multi-disciplinary team works with your family to explore creative solutions and ways forward when things feel stuck or tense in the household. Our unique combination of services include systemic family therapy, play therapy, arts & expressive therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, psychotherapy and counselling. At Expressive Therapy SA we offer a highly specialised approach that honours the needs of all members of a household: children, adolescents and adults. We understand individuals are a part of important systems of connection and support, and that how an individual feels inside is tightly woven with how they relate to others. Through our collaborative assessment process, we explore and identify what you might want to see change, and offer a flexible plan to reach your unique goals.
We ensure that our services are accessible to all; providing outreach appointments (in schools, learning settings and homes), online appointments, and in clinic. We have offices in the northern, southern and city suburbs, with flexible appointment times (including evenings and weekends). We also offer reduced fee sessions with trainee therapists and payment plans.
We honour and respect different communication styles, preferences and abilities. We are committed to providing a diverse range of creative and expressive modalities and methods in order for all people to communicate and express their feelings, thoughts, stories and needs.
We work in constant partnership with you. Our team maintain communication and collaboration with parents, families, children, individuals and other important people in your network. We are all surrounded by a range of connections and community, and we believe such connections are vital in creating and supporting lasting change.
To us, justice involves creatively exploring strengths and resources that are available to you in order to work toward the changes you would like. We acknowledge that society can disempower individuals by through barriers and burdens that impact individual and community wellbeing. We work alongside individuals and communities to validate diverse processes of change, and aim to empower people from all walks of life.
One important aspect of justice is the acknowledgement that our work resides on unceded Kaurna land, that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the traditional custodians of this land, and that we at Expressive Therapy SA directly benefit from residing and working on such lands.
The core of our approach involves “co-construction”: meaning to build something together.
At Expressive Therapy SA, we believe that therapy is a process best built together. You are the expert in your stories and experiences, and our therapists are experts at co-constructing meaningful change alongside you. We discover beside each other as we navigate sometimes complex terrain.
We bring a creative approach to all of our work. We recognise that by the time you have reached out to us, you may have tried many strategies, and that we need to be creative, flexible and responsive as we move forward together.
Training and Professional Development
Expressive Therapy SA offers a range of training opportunities for professionals.
“I recently had the pleasure of completing some professional development with Paula and Rana at Expressive Therapy SA. It was such a wonderful experience and I could not recommend it enough. Paula is a deeply kind and thoughtful practitioner with such a wealth of knowledge and experience and the team are incredibly passionate about young people and families, as well as all things expressive. A truly inspiring day that nourished the soul also. Well done ETSA!”
– Recent Google Review
Our range of online trainings include 3-hour specialised presentations, including quizzes, reflection questions, videos and more, in working with children and families in diverse and effective ways.
In Person Training
We offer intensive, experiential in person trainings, where you can practice essential skills alongside our expert practitioners, and participate in discussions, experiential activities and engage with peers and colleagues.
“I have worked extensively with Paula Gillespie-Fotheringham and her team at Expressive Therapy SA. The quality of their work and the standard of care provided to their clients is exceptional and very professional in nature. Referral of clients has been expedient and comprehensive in nature. Clients I have referred to ETSA report a very high level of satisfaction in their care, and I am always confident that they are receiving individualised and high-quality clinical work. Paula and her team are highly qualified and experienced professionals and are always innovative and flexible in their therapeutic care. I would highly recommend using ETSA as a service and have every confidence that clients will receive an outstanding personalised experience.”
Dr Matthew Doherty. B.App. Sc (Nurs); B.A. (Psych.Hons); M.App. Soc.Sc (Cnsling); PhD.
Clinical Manager, Northern Area Community & Youth Services Inc.
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.
Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences.
Graduate Program of Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Adelaide.