Ruby Sandra trained as a Social Worker at Curtin University (WA). She completed a degree in Community Development, studied psychotherapy and Media at Edith Cowan University, and studied Sandplay Therapy with Dr John Swinburne. She commenced at Minnawarra House following a social work study period of six months in Scotland in 1995.
Ruby Sandra has instigated multiple and varied programs to cater for all age groups in the Armadale district. These have included programs for men, women and children and Sandplay Therapy training for Counsellors and Therapists. Ruby Sandra manages the Family Support Program and the Roberta Jull Youth & Family Counselling Service which caters for 12-18year olds and their families.
Ruby provides Sandplay Therapy training in Perth. She has travelled to Oman, Iraq and Kurdistan to provide university lectures and workshops in Sandplay Therapy. The primary aim is to skill counsellors so they are able to use Sandplay Therapy with children, teens and adults who have been affected by war.
Leonie came to the Art Therapy profession via a creative route starting in the early 2000’s with a Diploma of Art and Design. She worked in the local film industry before settling into the stability of self-employment as a Graphic Designer for 15 years. Leonie commenced training in 2013 in Art Therapy and joined Minnawarra House as a qualified Transpersonal Art Therapist in 2016.
Leonie brings to Minnawarra House her own special flavour of passion, commitment and enthusiasm for all of her clients. Leonie’s expertise in Art Therapy provides her clients with the opportunity to experience the language of art and art making as a therapeutic tool to achieve client defined outcomes.
Services provided by Leonie at Minnawarra House include individual sessions for children, teenagers and adults. She also runs an adult women group and co-facilitates a teenage girls' empowerment program. Leonie provides outreach Art Therapy at Kelmscott Senior High School, running programs and seeing students individually.
Evelyn first studied at the University of Queensland where she focused on community development, organizational psychology and counselling. She has recently completed a Master of Counselling at Curtin University.
Since living in West Australia Evelyn has continued her work in community engagement and inclusive practices. She currently manages an art based programme which promotes creative self –expression and is open to the whole community while maintaining the core focus of including participants who have an intellectual disability. Her involvement complements the community focus at Minnawarra House.
Evelyn takes a collaborative and strength based approach that considers all aspect of the person’s lifestyle. Her principle interests lie with Gestalt and Narrative Therapy but she draws on the strategies of a number of therapeutic models which best suite the individual and the timeframe available.