I'm Chenai Mupotsa-Russell
Welcome to my this space of sharing imagination, play and dreaming. It is my magical creative space for celebrating culture, art-making, social justice, creative expression, wellness, community care and radical love.
I live, love and practice on sacred Wurundjeri Land running a therapy clinic, building a not-for profit, studying a PhD, creating art and most importantly parenting a gorgeous little human with his beautiful dad.
I love you and I am glad you are here. I hope your eyeballs like it and your heart sparkles as a share snippets of my world with you.
I am the Founding Director of Rainbow Muse Clinic; a safe, inclusive, affirming and culturally appropriate space for processing feelings and experiences. Offering art therapy, psychology, child-centred play therapy, animal-assisted therapy and yoga in an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity.
My newer baby is Tandara Pa Rainbow, a not-for-profit born from Rainbow Muse. It is a community-focused space for creativity, connection, culture and collective care. The clinic is a magical space for therapeutic care however community care is what truly heals, hence Tandara's goal is to co-create safe spaces for people who want to express themselves, engage with community, feel supported and enjoy the magic of other humans.
I am passionate for intersectional identities. I value all cultures, all identities, all abilities and all bodies. Our focus is on dismantling the ideologies that leave us feeling “othered.” I centre the needs of First Nations people, Black people, and People of Colour, and am committed to the amplification of LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and disabled communities and creating more equity.
I am also a PhD Candidate in Community Psychology and Autism Researcher working to decolonize mental health and create new narratives for those often pathologised for their differences.
(RE)FRAMED Podcast by Reframing Autism has been created to center autistic stories, share autistic knowledge and contribute to conversations impacting Autistic people, our community and our children.
In our own words, we are framing, and re-framing, our stories!
The host Angelique Joy (They/Them) is Reframing Autism’s Community Educator and our (RE)FRAMED podcast host!
This journel articale has been recently published by Taylor and Francis Online fo Agenda Journal. At the forefront of feminist publishing in South Africa for over 20 years, the Agenda journal raises debate, probes, questions, challenges and critiques understandings of gender and feminism in its broad and complex diversity.
Agenda prides itself on being at the cutting edge of feminist debate and gender analysis, and the journal provides readers with a fresh, challenging, stimulating and thought-provoking read.
If you would like to stay up to date with all the latest developments with the Agenda journal, please visit the Agenda Feminist Media
Project website: www.agenda.org.za.
The Society of Community Research and Action (SCRA) - Community Psychology, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association held its Biennial Conference at Morehouse College in June 2023. This focus was on Community psychology, which goes beyond an individual focus and integrates social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels.
SCRA Biennial Conferences draw together SCRA and other community members from around the world to engage in stimulating conversations about recent developments in community research and action. These conferences provide attendees with a special opportunity to exchange ideas and resources, forge new collaborations, re-connect with old friends, and deepen one's knowledge and skills in topics of particular interest. I gave a poster presentation session which went amazingly! Check out this blog post all about it.
Angelique is a late-identified Autistic person and the parent of two young-adult Autistic and multiply neurodivergent people.
Along with being our Community Educator and podcast host, they are also an advocate, artist and creative researcher – currently a PhD candidate at RMIT investigating, in part, the ways in which Neuroqueer people positively mediate their experiences of the world through technology along with interrogating divergent modes of care, their creative research is key part of their ongoing advocacy.
Supporting Autistic Girls and Gender Diverse Youth was written by the amazing Yellow Ladybugs! and I had the great honour of illustrating its front and back cover as well as its chapter pages!
Heres a little blurb: Want to know how to better support autistic girls and gender diverse youth? This is an authentic resource for parents, teachers and allied health professionals written and illustrated by autistic women and gender diverse individuals. You will be given the inside scoop, through their intimate knowledge, recollections and advice from growing up autistic.
I presented at the 2023 Yellow Ladybugs Conference. It was captivating, life changing and memorable professional and life learning opportunities. What a privilege to be part of standout conference - and proudly neuro-affirming, autistic led, and uses a strengths based, trauma informed lens. I spoke on Intersectionality and diverse Yellow Ladybugs and their needs.
Teachers, parents, allied health professionals, and autistic individuals will gain a better understanding on how to support the learning and wellbeing needs of autistic girls, teens and gender diverse students, who often have internalised or hidden needs. I love Yellow Ladybugs so much!
Visit www.yellowladybugs.com.au for more info.
Get in Touch
Feel free to drop me a hello. For therapy enquiries click on the Rainbow Muse link
(please note I am not currently able to take on new individual therapy clients)
But check out our incredible team at Rainbow Muse Clinic for other therapists availability.
If your enquiry is about work with my NFP please visit Tandara Pa Rainbow