Kirsten is a South African born, UK trained drama therapist with 20 years of experience spanning South Africa and Australia. She has worked in clinical, educational and community settings, with a particular interest in group work and the intertwining of the psychological, social and political dimensions of stasis and change. She co-founded the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation in South Africa, with the aim of working collaboratively across arts therapy modalities and with communities. She completed her PhD in 2017 and currently work part time as the coordinator of the Creative Arts and Music Therapy Research Unit, University of Melbourne, Australia