Individual Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents
With Kim Fallon
“Art therapy – when words are not enough”
Although Art Therapy is a relatively new profession in Ireland, people have been using the arts for centuries to narrate their experience of the world. Art therapy was first founded within Psychoanalytical theory and Object relations theory, but now adapts many more theories within its unique approach to working therapeutically with individuals. Art therapy aims to create a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment for a child or young person. It allows children and young people to express, process, understand and cope with difficult emotions and life situations, both consciously and unconsciously through the use of the art materials and the image. Art therapy is suitable for any age group. You do not have to be good at art or have an interest in art to attend. People come to Art therapy for a whole range of needs, including; Anxiety, worries, anger or frustration, intellectual or physical disabilities, parental separation, bullying, self-esteem issues, mental health concerns, loss or bereavement, self-harm, gender or sexual orientation, all forms of abuse and more.