Keep calm and colour on
Relaxing hobby part of counselling to help people deal with their anxiety disorders
WHEN you think of colouring in, you probably think back to your childhood.
Who would have thought something so simple, yet so relaxing and easy, would be the ideal activity to help people with anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders or depression.
Quakers Hill counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist Kerry Ellis ‒ a passionate advocate for people with mental health issues ‒ has launched a mindfulnessbased adult colouring group at the Breed Business Centre, Nirimba Education Precinct.
“For many years, psychologists have been prescribing colouring to patients as an alternative to meditation,” Ms Ellis said. “It is used as a calming tool where one comes to distract themselves by colouring intricate pictures.
“Members attend an informal yet safe, respectful and confidential setting where colouring sheets and utensils are provided.
“Sometimes group members have a chat and other times members stay silent.”
Quakers Hill mum Diana Klobucki attends the fortnightly colouring sessions. She has found it very helpful when it comes to her anxiety.
“I met Kerry when I wanted help with my anxiety,” she said.
“Since having my daughter Elise, I decided to look after myself so I would be able to look after her.
“I have been seeing Kerry for a few months and she suggested to me to try the mindfulness colouring. I really enjoy it and I see it as my time to tune out from everything else going on in my life, which is very relaxing.”
Mrs Klobucki, who works fulltime as a personal assistant for a surgeon, said she enjoyed the fact she could sit down and colour-in and there was no judgment of her.
Whatever is discussed within the group is kept confidential.
The Mindfulness Colouring group is for all colouring skills, inside or outside the lines.
The group holds meetings every second Monday at 7pm in The Breed Business Centre in Quakers Hill for an hour.
The cost is $5, which covers room hire, supply and use of materials and light refreshments.
To attend a colouring-in session,
make a booking by calling Kerry Ellis on 0417 667 329
‘‘ I see it as my time to tune out from everything else going on in my life, which is very relaxing Diana Klobucki
Counsellor Kerry Ellis with one of her clients, Diana Klobucki. Picture: Peter Kelly