Creative Arts Therapy Program

FAN offers free art therapy for young people who have been impacted by life circumstances that have made it hard for them to live at home. This might include having to leave the family home for safety, being asked to leave or lots of fighting and conflict while living at home.

Thanks to generous funding from the Paul Ramsey Foundation, the Art Therapy program offers free individual support for young people to process and heal from these experiences.

Services are tailored to your needs, and you can let us know what you’d like to focus on. Some examples of what you might see an art therapist for include:

  • Managing your mental health and wellbeing
  • Trauma related to family conflict, family breakdown or family violence, including experiences related to LGBTIQA+ identity or being a young parent
  • Stress around housing instability or homelessness
  • Relationship Issues

Eligibility Criteria

This program supports young people aged 12-25 who are connected to the Outer Eastern Metropolitan Region and meet one of the following:

  • Experienced Family Violence or Homelessness
  • Pregnant or Young parent

*LGBTIQA+ young people based outside the Outer Eastern Metropolitan region are also eligible for this program.

You don’t have to be experiencing homelessness to access this program but its ok if you are. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, you’re welcome to get in touch for a chat.

To sign up for the program, make a referral or simply to ask for more information, please call or email FAN. Ask to speak to our Art Therapist Jess (She/Her).
Ph: 9890 2673 E:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a mental health profession that uses art and creative processes to explore feelings, improve self-awareness and reduce distress and anxiety. Creative Arts Therapy uses a range of techniques such as:

  • visual arts: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography
  • writing short stories and poetry
  • drama, movement, or music
  • reflecting on your art to learn more about what’s happening for you.

Why might I see an art therapist?

Sometimes our thoughts and feelings are hard to put into words, or simply talking about issues isn’t enough. Art Therapy supports people to explore their emotions, work on wellbeing and promote healing in a safe and supportive environment. Some people simply prefer to express themselves through artistic methods.

What is the cost of the program?

Free! Thanks to the Paul Ramsay Foundation!

How many sessions can I access?

FAN offers 10 individual sessions

What if I’m not good at art?

You don’t need any art skills to do art therapy, just a willingness to give it a try.

What if I am good at art?

Great! Bring your sketchbook or artwork in and share it with us if you’d like to.

I have another question not listed here?

Please email or call 9890 2673.