Janine Hourigan started working in mental health as a Psychiatric Nurse back in 1996 and completed her Art Therapy training in 2000, with the plan to use art as a therapy with patients.

She has now become a private provider for clients who have support funding through the NDIS. Her love of art and experience working in Mental Health led her to running the Art Therapy Group at Williamstown Community Centre.

“I have 7 participants who attend every Monday for 3 hours. The group provides a social outlet for participants, and a common goal to create art, it has developed into a creative, nurturing and healing space.”

Janine moved to the west from Central Victoria 6 years ago, as she had family living in here and wanted to live near the bay.

“My work, family and lifestyle connect me to the area, also it’s an easy train ride to the city.”

So what has changed for Janine in her time here?

“The area is growing in population and is also getting greener – a change of the way we manage waste and the planting of trees”

For small joys each day Janine loves a walk with Lola her dog, or a cycle to the beach.

“The local library, lunch in a local café, tending to my garden, swimming at Altona Beach all fill me with joy too!”

For favourite hangouts its Stella’s Altona for the best Pizza, The Railway Hotel in Yarraville for a good pub meal, the Sun Theatre for the relaxing space and movies, and the Kiosk at Williamstown beach for good coffee and food.

Janine has high hopes for the future here living in the west

“I want to continue my Art Therapy Practice and to enjoy the lifestyle of open spaces and to be part of a connected community by the sea.”

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Keep an eye on Janine’s group’s availability and times via Williamstown Community and Education Centre’s Facebook page:


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