Art Therapy is more than just an art project!

Although my background is in art and facilitation of educational art projects, and I am aware of the benefits of art for art’s sake. It is only since I trained as an art therapist that I became fully aware of the deeper psychological improvements that are made to our mental and physical health through Art Therapy sessions with a professionally trained art therapist. I am sharing these articles by Cathy Malchiodi an American art therapist and author which highlight and explain the difference and the importance of the role of art therapist.

By Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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