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Waltraud Reiner

Gestalt Psychotherapist and Carer, Vic

Waltraud Reiner has worked as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and has learnt about the value of analytic therapy throughout her career. Her lifelong wish is to enable others to explore their own inner healing journey.

Waltraud believes that we are all unique works of art in the making. In her consulting room she draws on sand play, art and clay, and her animals when needed. Just as a painter needs to discover the skills to select brushes and paints, our psyches need to discover which parts of themselves to shine and polish. Waltraud has a gift to sit with people and join them as they venture into deep dark places of their inner life to shed light there, a task that can feel difficult and impossible to do alone. Waltraud is also a mother and lives with her husband who has a disability as a result of an accident 25 years ago.

Her thesis “Hit by a wheelchair”, was an exploration of the impact on family and friends when living with disability. Waltraud has been a Milliner for over 30 years and runs workshops through her Hatmobile in rural and remote locations of Australia. Her millinery and weaving workshops aim to connect people with others and with themselves through colour, texture, and shape. The workshops seek to support emotional well-being by providing space, skills and opportunity for people to express their feelings.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.