Bettina Evans

I love stories : I was a bookworm as a child and later completed a BA in English Literature. I am still fascinated by stories in all their guises – personal stories, untold stories, fictional stories and mythical tales. Stories weave the fabric of our lives, be they earth-shattering sagas about earthquakes or small everyday moments of joy, boredom or anger. In arts therapy sessions we may retell, rewrite, draw, paint and move life stories, and in the process rework, befriend, change, mend, colour and continue those stories. Sometimes art works depicting parts of stories may even need to be crumpled up or ripped into shreds!

Another passion of mine is working in and with nature. I trained and worked as a gardener, and so have experienced the healing effect of working in nature on myself and others. I love working with natural materials and eventually hope to have a healing garden as part of my arts therapy studio.

I am employed by Whitecliffe in a part-time capacity as a lecturer, teaching both for the newly established Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy in Christchurch as well as in the Arts Therapy Masters programme in Auckland. Before training as an arts therapist my creative energy found an outlet as a community facilitator, community event organiser, educator and teacher. I have gained my Masters in Arts Therapy (Clinical) with first-class honours from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland. I am a registered arts therapist with ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association) and the regional representative for ANZATA.

I provide individual and group arts therapy for children and people of all ages, using visual arts as well as movement. I work in private practice in a studio in Lyttelton, and run/have run arts therapy workshops for the Cancer Society, Hospice, Rannerdale Veterans’ Care, Lyttelton Primary School, Cholmondeley Children’s Home and Parafed.

For more information or to make an appointment please contact or ring 027 2986039.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” — Georgia O’Keeffe