Co-founded in 2016, Daylight Creative Therapies consists of a team of art psychotherapists and counsellors who are dedicated to providing client-centered therapeutic services and creative psychological interventions.
Professionally trained and experienced in diverse therapeutic modalities, we offer support for adults, adolescents, children, couples and families.
Registered Art Psychotherapist (AThR) MA Art Therapy,
Counsellor MA Counselling, BA Psychology
Co-founder and managing partner of Daylight Creative Therapies, Dawn works within two clinical settings. She offers neuro-biologically informed counselling and art psychotherapy across various life stages.
Dawn obtained her Masters in Counselling from Monash University and Master of Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, Goldsmith’s College University of London. She is a registered art therapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and is a Board Member at NuLife Care & Counselling Services.
Dawn’s clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in varied settings such as hospitals, forensic, acute inpatient mental health, and community settings. She has used art therapy to facilitate recovery and promote mental wellness for people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders, as well as those recovering from addictions at the Institute of Mental Health(IMH), Singapore.
Her work with clients covers a range of issues such as trauma, emotional/physical abuse, anger, aggression, attachment difficulties, adolescent depression, self-harm, anxiety, and developmental or behavioural issues.
Her professional interests lie in the areas of psychodynamic,creative psychotherapy and neuropsychology. She has received further training in Schema Therapy for Chronic Axis1 Disorders and is certified in using a leading-edge neurological intervention known as the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) developed by neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Porges.
Consequently, her clinical specialisation is in relational trauma, severe anxiety or stress response, behavioural dys-regulation, and anger management – combining research into these fields and providing one-to-one counselling, art therapy and/or trauma intervention services (such as the SSP) for children, adolescents, and adults.
Dawn believes that everyone has an innate resilience and drive to create – to make sense of his or her experiences in the world. Her role is to facilitate this process of engagement, self-discovery and empowerment through the use of a multi-disciplinary framework tailored to the unique needs of the individual.
She is passionate in providing a safe holding space for one and all to create, explore and resolve personal conflict or crisis through insight and skills development within an authentic, supportive therapeutic relationship.
Registered Art Psychotherapist (AThR) MA Art Therapy,
Certificate in Developmental Play, BA Graphic Design
Expressive SandPlay Therapist
President – Art Therapists’ Association (Singapore)
Rachel’s practice addresses complex trauma (throughout life stages), attachment disorders (in both adults and children), stress and anxiety, grief and loss, behavioural, relational and self-esteem issues, emotional disregulation, depression, anger and divorce.
With a 15 year background as a graphic designer with a BA from Camberwell College of the Arts, Rachel chose to unite her passion for art with psychology and obtained her Masters in art therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts, Goldsmith’s College University of London. As the Co-founder and managing partner of Daylight Creative Therapies, she is an accredited member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Art Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and is the current president of the Art Therapists’ Association Singapore (ATAS).
In her clinical work, Rachel specialises in developmental and complex trauma, attachment disorders, and anxiety. She uses a client-centred neurobiologically informed transdisciplinary approach to provide a person-centred, evidence-based therapeutic service for her clients across different life stages. Due to the diverse nature of her work, Rachel has a firm understanding of working in multi-cultural settings with different nationalities. Her clinical experience includes working in crisis shelters, palliative organisations, special needs schools, and with women and children.
Her professional interests are in the expansive fields of psychodynamic expressive arts therapies (Sandplay, movement, dance art, poetry, guided imagery and music); and art-based neurobiological developments.
Rachel believes in compassionately nurturing the therapeutic relationship to empathetically support her clients through their journey of healing and personal development so as to strengthen their self-efficacy and connection to the world around them. She is passionate about engaging and fostering supportive therapeutic encounters that offer each of her clients opportunities to recognise their strengths and become empowered through their process of creative expression.
Rachel provides individual, couple and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults that face challenges caused by a variety of issues. She has mentored young women and children in developing and nurturing their abilities to creatively express themselves through mindful art processes to support development and enhance resilience and self-confidence.
Rachel advocates working in tandem with parents, teachers and other allied health professionals to create a supportive environment for growth and mental well-being.