What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which incorporates art media and creative interventions to encourage self-expression and reflection within a safe therapeutic relationship.
Sometimes words aren’t enough, art therapy can offer an alternative way of communicating where thoughts and feelings can be expressed and reflected upon through different art mediums. The main goal of art therapy is to improve mental health and maintain emotional well-being.
No prior experience with art is necessary, the focus is on the experience of making and not the final product. I aim to enable clients to explore and express themselves authentically in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
How does it work?
A typical art therapy session is usually between 50-55 minutes in duration, and can offer a safe and confidential space to gently explore feelings, personal challenges and memories which may be affecting you in your everyday life. Individual therapeutic sessions are offered to children, adolescents and adults. Art work is not judged or interpreted by the therapist and is retained for the duration of therapy.
How can Art Therapy help?
Art therapy can help with a range of issues and needs including:
Anxiety and depression
Gender identity issues and sexual orientation
Bereavement and loss
Coping with illness
Autism and special needs
Improve coping mechanisms
Resolve inner conflict
Communicate difficult thoughts and feelings
“It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self” D.W. Winnicott
MA in Art Therapy, Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT, Cork-2018
PG Dip Art therapy, Le Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia-2017
BA(Hons) Fine Art, Crawford College of Art and Design Cork-2007
ASSIST, completed suicide intervention skills training-2018
Introduction to counselling skills course, Le Trobe University-2016