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Creative Therapy Adelaide

#ABOUT

Welcome to
Creative Therapy Adelaide

Adelaide’s leading allied health practice for creative arts therapy services.

Our mission

To transform lives with meaningful therapy that draws on creativity.

Our promise

music therapy adelaide

Our founder's story

Natalie Oliveri founded Creative Therapy Adelaide with a vision to provide high quality, creative therapy in the community. Her passion is to work with people of all ages to build their capacity for daily functioning and to improve their health and well being through musical engagement and activities. Natalie’s mission has been to build a team that can carry the Creative Therapy values that hinge on understanding a person’s strengths and building on those to help them to achieve their goals.

Natalie began her music therapy career after obtaining post-graduate qualifications in the Masters in Music Therapy through the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Music Therapy training program. She started out facilitating classroom-based music therapy programs to children 5-18 years with profound and multiple disabilities at a special education centre in Adelaide and was shaped as a music therapist through her role as Clinical Specialist with Sing&Grow Australia delivering music therapy services to children 0-5 years and their parents in the community. This work took her home visiting and providing group sessions for families experiencing hardship, mental illness, those engaged with child protection services, families with children with disabilities and families that wanted to aid their children’s development through music.

Today Natalie continues to advocate for music therapy as a practice and profession, with a mission to provide greater access to creative therapies (and music!) in her community.

#CREATIVITY

Creative experience, creative wellbeing.

We work with people of all ages to build their capacity for daily functioning, to improve their health and well being through creative engagement and activities.

Creativity

We believe creativity is the key to growth and development. People who engage in the creative arts therapies are able to access more neural pathways when they engage in music, dance, art and drama.

Research-informed

Our team participates in peer supervision and work together to ensure our best-practice offering is always to a high standard, informed by evidence and specifically tailored to the individual.

Family-centred

When working with children and adults alike, our creative therapists build capacity, knowledge and skills in parents and caregivers, so they feel supported to make decisions for the person they care for.

Strengths-based

We focus on what you can do, and use it as a starting point to grow capacity, learn new skills and foster wellbeing. Many people are exceptionally creative and connect profoundly with music and the arts.

Meet the team

Meet the individuals behind Creative Therapy Adelaide.

Natalie Oliveri

Managing Director | Registered Music Therapist

Natalie is a Registered Music Therapist and also Director at Creative Therapy Adelaide. Natalie has been a practising music therapist since 2015 and is Neurologic Music Therapy trained. She has worked for not-for-profit, Sing&Grow Australia and partnered with organisations to provide private and community music therapy programs. Her passion is working with families of young children to support them to gain confidence in using music at home in ways that support child development and build rich and positive home environments through music engagement. Her approach is strengths-based and family centred and she believes all people should have access to enriching experiences through the creative arts.
Natalie’s primary instrument is voice.

Rowan, Registered Music Therapist

Rowan Harding

Senior Registered Music Therapist

Rowan is a graduate from the University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide with a Masters of Music Therapy and Bachelor of Music. He has worked in a range of settings including multi-disciplinary private practice, special education centres, early intervention children’s centres and rehabilitation centres for brain injury. Lately, Rowan has been working predominantly with children in early adolescence and young adults, but still loves helping little ones reach their goals. Rowan is a friendly and passionate music therapist who cares deeply about the well being and achievements of those he works with. He believes that all people should have access to music and works towards making music accessible to all. Rowan’s primary instrument is saxophone.

Bec Morris

Senior Speech Therapist

Bec is a speech therapist who completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology (Honours) at Flinders University and has been practising for 20+ years. She supports people of all ages to develop their communication and express themselves fully. She has extensive experience in supporting people with all types of brains, be they autistic, with a learning or intellectual disability, or any developmental disability.  She takes an individual approach to understanding the person’s strengths and harnesses their motivations to communicate and connect with others. She believes in an optimistic approach to therapy and building a sense of growth and fulfilment with people. Bec focuses on making her speech therapy sessions engaging, interesting and creative, because she knows that we learn best when we are feeling positive and expressing ourselves! Bec also plays piano and loves being joyful with all forms of music.

Ri Na Yu Music Therapist

Ri Na Yu

Registered Music Therapist

Rina is a Registered Music Therapist who completed a Master of Creative Music Therapy at Western Sydney University and a Bachelor of Classical Performance majoring in piano at the Australian Institute of Music. She later furthered her music therapy education by completing Neurologic Music Therapy Training. Her music therapy experience ranges from working with children to elders with a wide range of disabilities. Rina’s passion lies in making meaningful connections with clients, whether that is through playing favorite songs or connecting through improvisation. Rina’s approach in her clinical work is flexible and tailored to the individual with a focus on developing emotional well-being, self-expression, and relatedness to others with the aim of using music to support everyday life. Rina’s primary instruments are cello and piano.

Amy Deegan

Service Coordinator | Developmental Educator

Amy is Creative Therapy Adelaide’s Service Coordinator. She is a Registered Developmental Educator and has experience within aged care, early intervention settings, with school aged children and adults within supported employment. Amy worked as a support worker for many years with adults and is a kind and caring individual who ensures all of our participants are supported. She is passionate about ensuring people living with a disability have good quality of life and their rights are upheld.

Kun Music Therapist

Kun Koh

Registered Music Therapist

Kun is a registered music therapist and holds a Master of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Contemporary Music majoring in piano at Australian Institute of Music. Kun has worked in special school and hospital settings to support people with neuro-rehabilitation, global developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and depression. Kun believes everyone should have the opportunity to engage in music and have the freedom to express themselves creatively. Kun takes a person-centred approach and aims to draw the people around the participant into music therapy sessions, making positive and meaningful memories the group can share. Kun’s primary instrument is piano.

Lucy Leane

Speech Therapist

Lucy has been a practising Speech Pathologist since 2004, working across a range of settings in Adelaide, New South Wales, and Queensland. Lucy enjoys working with families and other professionals to gather a whole picture of a person’s strengths and needs, and creating attainable goals that will enhance their ability to communicate and thrive in all environments. Lucy strives to apply evidence based intervention that promotes connection, uses individual interests, and is fun! Lucy’s favourite aspect of being a speech pathologist is forming positive relationships with her clients, their caregivers and significant others in their lives, and celebrating both the big and small successes with them all along the way. Lucy believes strongly in the positive effects music can have on learning, engagement, communication, and mental health. She loves listening to all types of music, and playing the guitar and piano in her spare time.

Matteo Giordano

Marketing Manager

Matteo is a qualified and experienced marketing manager with extensive expertise across multiple industries. At Creative Therapy Adelaide, he oversees marketing strategies to support the therapy team and ensures the smooth operation of the clinic’s promotional activities to enhance engagement and outreach.
Matteo’s primary instrument is bass guitar.

Tiffeny Warnest

Front Desk Support

Meet Tiffeny, our wonderful administrator with a natural knack for connecting with people of all ages through her authentic and welcoming personality. With over a decade of experience in administration and customer service, she excels in providing exceptional support to our team. Tiffeny’s background in business ownership, aged care, and property management brings a unique and valuable perspective to her role. But Tiffeny isn’t just all business! She knows how to sprinkle some fun into the workplace. When she’s not dazzling us with her administrative brilliance, she loves embracing the great outdoors, spending quality time with her family, staying active at the gym, and getting creative in the kitchen!

Sean Vincent

Allied Health Assistant​

Sean is a Bachelor of Music student at Tabor College majoring in contemporary vocal performance and is a Therapy Assistant at Creative Therapy Adelaide. He is the proud father of five wonderful children and an avid singer-songwriter with a penchant for folk music. Sean believes music is a wonderful way to express yourself and he loves supporting others so they too can benefit from making it. Sean has skills in music production, as well as violin, guitar, piano and ukulele. Sean’s primary instruments are guitar and voice.

Luke Dowsett

Registered Music Therapist

Luke holds a Master of Music Therapy degree with the University of Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Music with JMC Academy, Brisbane. Luke has experience with a diverse population of individuals across the lifespan – such as children and young adults in specialised Language Disorder school and private settings, autism spectrum disorder, aged care, and choir for individuals living with Aphasia. His approach is strengths-based, believing in the importance of identity and the meaningful connections to self and others fostered by music. Luke is also passionate about music as a wellbeing resource for staff in education and healthcare settings. Luke’s primary instrument is guitar.
Louise speech therapist

Louise O'Reilly

Speech Therapist

Louise holds a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) from Elder Conservatorium and a Master of Speech Pathology from Flinders University. With a diverse background, she has worked in rural community health settings, children’s centers, aged care, private practice, and hospital settings. While skilled across the lifespan, she finds the most joy working alongside young children and families. Louise is also a voice-specialising speech pathologist, with extensive experience assisting patients with voice and upper airway issues. Louise loves to learn about the brain-boosting and wellbeing benefits of engaging in musical learning and experiences. In sessions, she loves to blend her musical and speech pathology skills to support meaningful connection and communication. Friendly and adaptive, Louise provides high-quality support to help clients to achieve their goals and have fun along the way! Louise’s primary instrument is voice.

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