Talking with a therapist will provide confidentiality, objectivity and assist with finding the tools and coping mechanisms to help you make changes to your life.
MY THERAPY APPROACH I provide specialist support for people who have experienced difficult relationships, bereavement, loss, abuse, trauma and addiction. For many people the impact of trying to cope with the stresses and struggles of these experiences can have challenging and debilitating effects upon their self-worth, current relationships and daily life, and can result in low self-esteem, sadness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-harm, and anger. My therapeutic approach involves using creative processes within a therapeutic relationship, responding to each client’s individual needs using their symbolic language to promote healing, develop resources and strengths, and find inner balance. As an Integrative Psychotherapist I respond to each individual's need for a safe non-judgemental space to explore and engage with their inner experience in order to heal from difficult and painful challenges with compassion and self-understanding.
I am a fully accredited professional Art Therapist having gained a Master’s Degree (First class honours) in Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, in 2010. I work in both public and private sector with children, adolescents and adults.
Group Art Psychotherapy
School based programmes
I completed my training as a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist with the Tivoli Institute in Dublin, in 2019. I am a member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT), an associate member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP), and member of the Psychologists Protection Society (PPS).
Art Therapy is a specialist form of psychotherapy and involves art making as part of the process of therapy. The participant creates their own artistic expressions through the use of a variety of art materials and is supported by a trained mental health professional to explore their creativity within a contained therapeutic setting.
It can often be difficult to communicate feelings through words alone so the engagement with art can assist in externalising inner conflicts and problems. Art therapy can provide an outlet for self-expression, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and offer insight to resolve personal issues.
Being ‘good’ at art is not important as simple marks are as significant as a detailed image.
In Art Therapy the emphasis is on the creative process, integrating self-expression and meaning making into your individual journey of healing, rather than focused on the end result of an art image or product. Sessions are guided by your individual needs and No previous art experience is necessary.
What – Creative art psychotherapy offers your child/adolescent a safe boundaried space to explore creatively. They may experience positive changes in social & interpersonal relationships, build self-esteem & confidence, emotional regulation, and develop resilience and coping skills for adverse experiences.
Who – Children/adolescents aged 6-17yrs; and Adults
Where – In private practice in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway.50/60 minute session