mark pearson lives with his partner, helen wilson, on the sunshine coast, near coolum. he is a senior lecturer in counselling in the school of law and society at the university of the sunshine coast and is co-director and senior trainer with Expressive Therapies Australia.

Mark and Helen have established a small expressive therapies and sandplay training centre at Maroochy River on the Sunshine Coast.

Mark has been conducting training courses in Expressive Therapies around Australia since 1989, and in Asia since 2001. He began his career as a primary school teacher, then founded a remedial reading clinic. He transferred to counselling and psychotherapy after training for many years as an expressive therapist and sandplay therapist.

Mark has over 28 years experience as a counsellor. He has completed further studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy with Dr Stanislav Grof, and holds a Masters in Education, majoring in behaviour management. He has a PhD, researching the impact of multiple intelligence theory on the therapeutic alliance in counselling.

Mark and Helen are the creators of a number of expressive arts modalities, including symbol work, forms of expressive writing and ways to use art and music as part of counselling. These are detailed in their books.

Mark is the co-author of Emotional First-Aid For Children (1991), Emotional Release For Children (2004), Sandplay & Symbol Work (2001), and Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind, Body and Emotions (2009). He is also the author of Emotional Healing & Self-Esteem – Inner-Life Skills for Children and Adolescents (2004) and for adults: From Healing To Awakening (1991) and The Healing Journey (1997). He is the author of the new multiple intelligence groupwork program for schools and agencies: The Innerspace Program – Emotional Literacy for Student Wellbeing and resilience (2006).

He is currently preparing, with Helen, a new book on creative arts therapies with young clients. Mark has a new series of CDs and books in press on supporting children with relaxation and meditation activities.

Mark’s personal creative expression has focused over the last years on abstract photography. His first solo exhibition – firewater – took place in September 2010. His second exhibition – urban harvest – was held in July, 2011, and his third solo exhibition - water spirits - was held on 12 April, 2012 at the David Giles Fremantle Gallery, 49 High Street Fremantle. The photographic quest continues, with an exhibition planned for 2021.

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