A bit about me...

Art materials and a print that says Why do we make and does it matter

Purposefully

My aspiration is to help people find and shape a meaningful work life where they can truly be themselves.

I support leaders who want to lead in an empathic and trauma-sensitive way and people who enjoy their jobs but would like to add more depth or meaning.

I coach professionals and anyone who wants to follow their own heart in their career, not someone else’s dreams.

My style works well for anyone who is open to work with a blend of frameworks and tools, and curious to combine creative exploration with a more cognitive and structured inquiry.

I’m fascinated by the mind-body connection, befriending the nervous system and understanding emotions.

I enjoy the depth of working with individuals and love watching the rich process that unfolds in a group. 

Conny Weyrich, coach and art therapist

Professionally

I’m a qualified Art Therapist and Coach, working online and in person.

My work combines a solid grounding in trauma-informed practice and mental wellbeing with the often fast-paced and pragmatic world of business.

Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice, The MIECAT Institute, Melbourne, 2018

Certified Practitioner in the Map of Meaning, 2021

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 1998

I'm trained in Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT), Working with Trauma, Narrative Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

I value evidence-based approaches and honour the human spirit, but I don’t dispatch spiritual band-aids. 

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Creatively

Art journaling is my creative basecamp. My journals provide a home for my love of collage and mixed media. They hold the complexity and messiness of life in a meaningful and compact way.

Found poems are one way I make sense of life, a mindful and creative approach to bring order into my thoughts.

Vision Cards help me imagine possibilities. They are a creative process I share regularly in workshops and 1-on-1 work.

My love for writing shows up in my journals, my blog, my newsletter… maybe one day in a book?!

I constantly connect the dots between what I read, learn, hear, observe... 

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Personally

I love reading, writing and finding quotes that inspire.

I also love the stillness of early mornings, the colours of autumn, coffee at breakfast and sitting on swings.

A good day includes creative work, real conversation, a lot of laughter, time to read, learning something new and making something with my hands.

My soul comes to rest on a mountain top, near a river or by the sea, in a forest or when quietly watching wildlife, in front of a fire, or when gathering with people I truly connect with. 

Of course, there's more to my story...


I started out as a creative, quiet, daydreaming child.


A comment on something I made in art class took the joy out of creating. It took me 20 years to rekindle my love for art making.


I climbed the corporate ladder, encountered toxic workplace dynamics and experienced the brain fog and emotional cost of burnout.


Ultimately, this led me to experiencing the in-between space of career transitions, needing to find my place in the world again.


With Sensemaking Space, I found the joy of integrating my business background with art therapy and bringing it into the world of coaching, healing, and personal growth.


Neuroscience, shaping meaningful work, healing from trauma, integrating emotions, and befriending the nervous system: these are the subjects that inform my approach and practice.


I love living a creative life, going at my own pace, following my definition of success and finding meaning in daily happenings.


These words of writer Annie Dillard are a daily inspiration: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”


Every day, I strive to be deliberate in my choices to create a life I feel at home in.

“I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed working with you. You have encouraged me to do work on my Memory Project that I would never have been able to do without you. I love the psychology and tools that you used to help me get started and also to understand my relationship to my art. I really appreciate your thorough notes, your thoughtful responses and encouragement. It was so helpful to have someone to bounce ideas off and to help with proof reading. I have now received my second volume from Blurb and I’m really proud of what I have managed to do with your help.”
– Julia

"Conny has a corporate background alongside her current Creative Arts Therapy and Coaching role. Her strengths are: strong articulation of the business world; being able to skilfully and easily move from left-brain-analytical thinking, to right-brain, creative-intuitive thinking and feeling; being well-read and current with her information and research; she walks the talk and has her own regular creative practices to maintain self-care and grow her business. I am very grateful for all I have learnt and experienced through Conny’s strong leadership in the peer coaching program and working with my peers. It has been a rich tapestry of woven threads, which have strengthened my own private practice. For me, my biggest learnings were clarifying my business values and the work on burnout and self-maintenance."
– Marie Bajada- AThR, MACA, Art Therapist & Owner of Drawing Within

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"While I liked my job, I can pinpoint the moment when I first articulated what my ideal career would look like. It was at my second Map of Meaning session with Conny. Fast-forward 6 months and I am now in a role that I love, doing exactly what I described to Conny at that session. Conny has a beautiful way of drawing out the holistic you, not just the professional you, the friend you, the family you - but you as a whole self. The Map of Meaning sessions truly helped me to identify what makes me thrive and the balance I need to successfully merge my ideal and practical expectations."
- CG


Ongoing professional development

I am a fully insured professional member of ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association, and work within their Standards of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics. This includes continuous professional development and clinical supervision.


Life-long learning is one of my core values and integrating what I learn into my practice is a deep source of inspiration.

The fields of trauma research, neuroscience and workplace wellbeing move fast, and regularly updating my knowledge is essential to support you in the best way I can.


Latest research & training that inform my work:

Leading in Times of Uncertainty - Coaches Rising Summit 2020


31st Annual Trauma Conference with the Trauma Research Foundation in May 2020, hosted by Bessel van der Kolk.


The Map of Meaning – Certified Practitioner. This evidence-based framework (© Marjolein Lips-Wiersma) has proven effective in exploring meaning at an individual and collective level, for teams and organisations. It has shown to improve a range of work outcomes, including engagement, job satisfaction, performance, stress and wellbeing at work.


Bessel van der Kolk: Trauma, neuroscience and the evolving therapy of traumatized children and adults, 2019

Janina Fisher: Transforming trauma-related resistance and stuckness, 2019

I value flexibility to tailor my work to each client. I combine different therapeutic frameworks and approaches into a personalised service that responds to your needs and preferences:

Polyvagal Theory – stop living in your head and learn to be in partnership with your nervous system


Mindfulness


Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


Narrative Therapy


Certificate in Existential Wellbeing Counselling from KU Leuven, Belgium

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