Keep calm and colour on

Re­lax­ing hobby part of coun­selling to help peo­ple deal with their anx­i­ety dis­or­ders

Rouse Hill Times - - NEWS - Vanessa Brad­bury

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

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