Founder / Director
Russell Withers is the creator of the IDT modality and Director of Interactive Drawing Therapy Ltd. His counselling training consisted of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt therapy, REM therapy, CBT, Primal and Cathartic therapies, Psychodrama, and a substantive amount of Co-Counselling training (John Heron) as well as several years of individual psychotherapy (both Freudian and Jungian), and complemented by a high amount of group and individual therapy.He is widely published in academic publications and has presented at a myriad of international and local conferences. Prior to Russell’s counselling career he was an award winning architect for over 20 years.
Kelly Withers is the son of IDT's inventor and founder, Russell Withers, and the General Manager of Interactive Drawing Therapy Ltd. He has been involved with the company for well over ten years, in a myriad of roles - from Book Keeper, to Administrator, to Business Development Manager and now to General Manager. Kelly has a diverse background with tertiary level education in Engineering, Biology, and Finance.
Maria joined the IDT team in 2014, taking over the role of Administrator at a very hectic time for the business and has performed miricles.
Maria is also loving mother, partner and a freelance embrionics contractor, a career which has taken her around the world.
Gillian began counselling at the start of the 1990s and encountered IDT in the mid ‘90s. She is now an IDT counsellor, therapist, supervisor and teacher. She also works in private practice and sees a full range of clients with a full range of issues, but tending towards specialising in relationship work, and the deeper levels of adult attachment.
Bill is an experienced senior IDT teacher who delivers workshops in New Zealand and Australia. A counsellor since 1992 he began his IDT journey in 1995 and has delivered approximately 300 workshops to over 3000 participants since then. He balances his professional life counselling three days a week in a secondary school, facilitating IDT workshops, training IDT teachers and maintaining a small practice of supervision and counselling. In his spare time he likes to escape to a remote Hawkes Bay beach to fish and be creative. Bill has a clear and concise teaching style and is able to connect complex theory with practise and make it easily understood. A skilled facilitator, he creates a safe learning environment where course participants are able to work at deeper levels and learn experientially.
Annette is a British-trained and Australian-based art psychotherapist, IDT practiitoner and published author, with 38 years clinical experience, specialising in child, adolescent, family and couple. She is a trained and accredited IDT teacher and supervisor. She has taught IDT in Australia and post-graduate art therapy in Australia and Singapore and has completed further training in child psychotherapy, family therapy and group work. She has worked in child mental health, adolescent community welfare, as well as therapeutic communities, residential schools and disability services. Currently, she is a practicing artist, teaches ceramics in a correctional centre and provides IDT consultation, supervision, and education.
Florence’s passion lies in facilitating reflective experience led by compassion, curiosity, creativity and collaboration. With qualifications in psychology and counselling, she is currently working with Boystown, providing counselling and support services for young people and families. She uses IDT as her main framework in her counselling work. She is a member of the Queensland Counsellors Association and also an accredited IDT instructor.
Irena discovered IDT in 1996. She was a trained art therapist at the time, and after doing one IDT foundation course was hooked and did one of the first Advanced courses that Russell offered. Irena started using IDT then and has consistently used it as her main modality in counselling work since then. Over the years she has continued her IDT learning through attending various professional development courses. In 2010 Irena decided to become an IDT teacher and completed the teacher training two years later.
Mary is an artist, Art Therapist, she lives in Wellington, NZ. Trained in fine art receiving a B.F.A. from The College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada 1978, then an M.A. in Art Therapy, from Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio 1991. Mary specializes in child therapy, family work with experience in areas of Illness/Death/Bereavement, Family Break-up, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Developmental & Adjustment Disorders, Refugee/cultural displacement and Trauma. She currently is employed at Te Omanga Hospice and runs a private practice. Professional memberships are with NZAC, Australia New Zealand Art Therapy Association.
Mary began using IDT in 1994 integrating IDT with Art Therapy and Sand tray modalities, and now practices IDT with individuals and groups, in supervision/with supervisees. Mary teaches IDT courses since becoming a trainer in 2012.