About Lena Wegenaar
Healing is the return of the memory of wholeness. Healing, health, whole and holy all mean inclusiveness. Body, mind, spirit, environment, relationships, social interactions are all one wholeness, and you're a part of that one wholeness. (Dr. Deepak Chopra)
Safe Space is a trauma aware art therapy and counselling service provided by Lena Wegenaar. Lena is a qualified art therapist and counsellor and member of Holistic Therapists Australia (HTA) with a dual Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy and Transpersonal Counselling (College of Complementary Medicine, Australia). She has run art therapy workshops for CCNB (Community Care Northern Beaches) as part of the Life Plus program for people experiencing persistent mental illness as well as art therapy workshops in the northern beaches community helping people to navigate change and transition. Lena provides services for the NDIS, for private clients and in the community.
Lena grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and is a resident of Dee Why. Her early education began at Kinma and she completed the majority of her schooling and HSC at S.C.E.C.G.S Redlands in Cremorne. Following her love of art and quest to follow her passion, Lena completed her Bachelor of design at UNSW COFA.
As part of her healing journey Lena has experience navigating eating disorders, anxiety/depression, spiritual emergence/ crisis, grief and trauma and has developed numerous skills, tools and wisdom which have become a talisman to help her empower and guide others in a heart centred and holistic way. Her travels have taken her from LA ~ learning to become a Bikram yoga teacher in 2003 and later to compete in the first international Yogaasana competition ~ to India for advanced studies of yoga, teaching and philosophy at Atma Vikasa.
In her unique healing journey Lena has experienced many different modalities including ~ energy and spiritual healing, vipassana meditation, acupuncture, osteopathy, psychotherapy, counselling, kinesiology, reiki, mahikari, integrative and nutritional medicine. She has lived in India and Austria for long periods and travelled extensively throughout Asia and parts of Europe. This background has given her a holistic, non-judgemental and open minded perspective when working with others.
Lena has now come full circle in her journey and grounded in her own life experience is in a good place to offer art therapy and counselling to facilitate the wellbeing and healing of others. She holds a gentle healing space for you to be heard and to unpack what is necessary for you to understand your life journey, where you are in it, where you would like to go and to work through current limitations by tapping into resources beyond what are usually available in your everyday life.
Lena provides a client centred and compassionate approach to healing. She follows her heart, values intuition, authenticity and uniqueness and encourages you to embrace your unique gifts and live an authentic, rich and thriving life.
Adv. Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy (College of Complementary Medicine)
Adv. Dip Transpersonal Counselling CCM
BA. Design (UNSW COFA)
Certified yoga teacher with Atma Vikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences (Mysore, India, 2005)
Australian National Yoga Asana Champion 2004
Certified Bikram Yoga College of India teacher (LA, 2003)
Member of Holistic Therapists Australia Inc. (HTA)
Insured with Therapysure
Recent Professional Development:
First aid for mental health
Trauma aware training
Bush Flower essences level 1
Genome Healing Basic Course