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Serena Corless

Registered Arts Therapist
(ANZACATA professional & DTAA provisional), BA Media Arts, Dip DMT, MAAT (Hons)(Clinical)
mobile 027 2535 936

Serena has a master’s degree in clinical arts therapy. She currently contracts to the private practice Art Therapy Works Ltd, Women’s Refuge and Dance and Arts Therapy NZ.

Serena is offering group work focusing on the vulnerable sectors, those with challenging medical conditions and those wishing to work on their self-esteem and resilience which has been repressed by the experience of anxiety and or depression. Serena also has extensive knowledge working with children with ADHD, developmental delay and communication challenges.

She also has a passion for understanding behaviour and works with families to introduce coping strategies to build emotional intelligence which includes increased empathy, understanding reactionary behaviour and increasing knowledge around anger and zoning out behaviours. You will learn to understand yourself and develop coping strategies.

Serena works with individuals as well as siblings or families. She also facilitates group work, where she believes the shared experience works well with those with social anxiety or those that feel uncomfortable mixing with people. This safe and nurturing space offers a sense of belonging and routine for children or adults via attending weekly programme sessions.

What does Serena offer?

Arts therapy – expression through art is one of many ways to tap into inner challenges that cannot always be spoken and often play out in our everyday lives. As we create, we investigate these encounters and bring meaning to them.

Dance movement therapy – is a way to learn your movement vocabulary as a way of communication and understanding the self.

Counselling – the spoken word can be a way of connecting with the narrative so that meaning can be made from the experience of your situation.

Who does Serena work with?

Children, Tweens, Teenagers, Adults


  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Lack of self-esteem

  • Challenged family/school dynamics

  • Behavioural challenges

  • Trauma

  • Domestic violence

  • Grief

  • Addiction

  • Eating Challenges


  • Anxiety management

  • Understanding cycles

  • Increased communication skills

  • Increased self-knowledge

  • Learnt coping skills

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Understanding ways to self-support

  • Knowledge of conflict resolution skills

  • Identify inner strengths

  • Improved quality of life

“Connecting and understanding yourself first, then connecting with others that are experiencing similar experiences builds collective understanding and supports healing”