Melanie Kilo

I grew up in the Wagga and Albury/Wodonga regions, and love the regional lifestyle it provides for myself and my family. I believe in having access to prompt, local, and affordable services, especially after my own life experiences with trauma, grief, and loss. The loss of my daughter at the age of two months in 2007, due to a genetic disorder, was devastating, however the experiences I had with the “helpers” through this inspired me to study social work, then later go in to private practice to work with children and adolescents.

Whilst not considering myself to be artistic as a child, the use of creativity and expression supported me through my grief, ended up being the catalyst for changes as I went on to study first initiatic art therapy, then going on to begin my Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at MIECAT (www.miecat.edu.au), which will be completed at the end of 2019.

For me, creativity is one of the best ways to notice, experience, and express yourself, I personally enjoy losing myself in reading and writing; learning and exploring in arts and crafts (currently enthralled with watercolours, acrylic pouring, and playing with clay); experimenting in the kitchen with both food and making self-care products; singing out loud in the car with the windows down; and getting my bare feet dirty in the garden. There are many ways we can take back our sense of self through creative expression, I invite you to find what allows you to just be.