Bright Marks Art Therapy services individual/private clients and NDIS participants (as an unregistered provider) from Canberra, ACT, and the surrounding NSW region. If browsing this website only raises more questions, and you're still curious, please phone or email Bridie to book a FREE 15-minute consultation (see Contact page for details). Together we can discuss whether this form of therapy might be right for you.


What is art therapy?

Art therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic support that combines creativity, counselling, psycho-education and reflection. While learning about art techniques and materials is often an important part of the process, an art therapy session is not an art class and artistic skill is not a requirement. The goal is rarely about finished art pieces for display purposes. Like psychology, psychotherapy and counselling, art therapy offers individuals an opportunity to address personal challenges (both psychological and physical), build self-awareness and confidence, understand and challenge unhelpful thought and behavioural patterns, support mental health and wellbeing, as well as being an catalyst for change. Anyone can benefit from art therapy regardless of creative experience.

Art therapists are mental health professionals skilled in psychotherapeutic approaches and creative practices. It can be particularly beneficial for people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life and identity transitions, issues relating to disability or neurodiversity, struggles with relationships, work or school, and/or those seeking healing from trauma and abuse. Creative processes might include drawing, painting, sculpting, clay or printmaking to provide opportunities for exploration and expression of thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, experimentation and play with art materials can be fun, and at other times an important outlet for difficult experiences.


Bright Marks Art Therapy began operating in Queanbeyan NSW in March 2022, providing individual art therapy to private clients and NDIS participants. Creative Arts Therapist Bridie Macgillicuddy has experience working with adults, teens and children in the hospital, community and private sectors. Run alongside part-time private hospital work, Bright Marks remained small until mid-2023. Since then, Bright Marks expanded to provide art therapy for other mental health services in the ACT and surrounding NSW region, as well as developing opportunities for group programming, educational and support work for health professionals.

Bright Marks is accepting referrals for individual art therapy only, and taking expressions of interest for group art therapy (something Bridie is experienced and passionate about). Bridie is also keen to discuss opportunities for contracted art therapy services, education, advocacy and explore collaborations with other health professionals. Please don't hesitate to reach out.