Tracy Ann O’ Brien


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

Anger

Gender identity issues and sexual orientation

Self esteem

Relationship difficulties

Bereavement and loss

Coping with illness

Trauma

Autism and special needs

Behavioural issues

Benefits

Reduce anxiety

Improve coping mechanisms

Resolve inner conflict

Communicate difficult thoughts and feelings

Regulate emotions

Gain insight

“It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self” D.W. Winnicott

Qualifications:

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

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