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Chenai Mupotsa Russell Rainbow Muse photo by Sarah Walker

The Rainbow Muse Clinic Pty Ltd is based in Naarm (Melbourne) and offers art therapy, psychology, child-centred play therapy, animal-assisted therapy  and yoga in an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity. 


I founded Rainbow Muse in 2019. I dreamt of establishing a magical therapeutic safe space where people who do not like, or fit into “boxes” could feel seen, heard and valued while on their mental health journey.


Rainbow Muse grew beyond what I could have dreamed and could continue to manage on my own. So in 2022 I joined forces with my bestie Sammy and we decided to marry our passion, love and fierceness into an even bigger dream.


Thus Rainbow Muse Clinic was born, created from the beaming hearts of both Sammy and me, with a vision of creating a woman-owned safe and inclusive practice where people can feel supported and accepted as they are. 

We love the idea of rainbows, because they don’t exist without rain, and sunshine. We believe that everyone has the capacity for magic; some people just need a little bit of help uncovering their sparkle.

When working with all people in mental health I am most passionate about the use of Arts-based psychotherapy. Therapy is always done in a client-centred manner and with a trauma-informed lens. I incorporate yoga to my therapeutic practice. When the brain and heart feel stuck, a bottom up physiological approach can help. Integrating psychotherapeutic talk therapy, creative arts, play and yoga in a multi-modal approach facilitates body/mind integration and for creating safety and emotional-regulation in our bodies while processing traumatic situations.

I work with people of all ages but have a soft spot for working with kids using child-centred play therapy to meet my littlest clients where they are at, helping children make sense of the world in ways most relevant to them, through art, imagination, creativity and play

Chenai Mupotsa-Russell and Sammy Elliott taken by MeAndMyGirl
Chenai Mupotsa-Russell and Sammy Elliott taken by MeAndMyGirl

I also draw from experiences gained within the multiple roles  I have previously worked in:​

  • Youth Mental Health at headspace 

  • Community Liaison and Family Dispute Resolution at Relationships Australia Victoria

  • Early Intervention Crime Prevention and for young people at YSAS

  • Family and Youth Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers at The Brotherhood of St Laurence

  • Youth Support and Programs in local government Youth Services

  • Parent and Child Programs with Communities in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

  • Youth Programs in the Tiwi Islands Northern Territory with NTCSA

Tertiary Qualifications

  • PhD (Community Psychology) 2022 ongoing

  • Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (Therapy), 2018 Thesis Title: “Look at All the Rainbows: My Journey through the Implementation of a Therapeutic Arts Program in a Youth Mental Health Setting”

  • Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, 2013

  • Bachelor of Arts, (International Relations and Community Development), 2007

Chenai Mupotsa-Russell and Sammy Elliott taken by MeAndMyGirl


Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) Professional Member

NDIS Registered Service Provider NDIA Registered for Therapeutic Support and Innovative Community Participation

The Australasian Society for Autism Research- Full Membership Autistic Researcher 

The Australian Professional Association for Trans Health

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) - Community Psychology, American Psychological Association 

Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Registered Yoga Teacher RYT200 Yoga Alliance

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