Qualifications : Post graduate diploma (2001) MA Art Therapy (2007).
Registered with IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists)
Academic Background : Siobhan’s background is as an artist with a degree in fine art from University of Ulster Belfast 1989. Working in arts in the community led to a strong interest in art as a way of communicating personal meaning, and to training as an art therapist in the Crawford College, Cork.
Work Experience : Since qualifying in 2001, Siobhan’s continues to work in community providing therapeutic support to vulnerable children and their families through schools and community organisations. Currently working in private practice with children, adolescents and adults, her practice continues to develop and in recent years is informed by a personal commitment to mindfulness, and by further training in somatic therapy.
Her experience includes working with issues such as: bereavement, separation and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, personal development, interpersonal difficulties, parenting support. Supporting children with complex needs including developmental delays, ASD, emotional and behavioural difficulties, promoting self-esteem and positive mental health.
Underpinning Philosophy : In art therapy art materials are used to explore feelings, self- perceptions and the difficulties that have brought you to therapy. Working creatively in this way gives form to thoughts or emotions that don’t easily lend themselves to words. A safe environment is created by the therapist so you can feel free to explore. No experience of art is necessary. With both adults and young people, a mindful approach means learning to bring compassion to difficulties and meeting them creative way so that change can arise. During an art therapy session you and your therapist are in a process of deepening into understanding together, with empathy, as the process unfolds.