I have been working online for the last couple of months which is proving to be an effective way of working. I did some early training in online therapy which gave me confidence and awareness of the extra considerations that have to be taken into account with regards to privacy and confidentiality. In spite of only being able to see the portion of each other that the camera is focused on art is made, reflections and discussion becomes easy as like any other therapeutic relationship, trust is built and positive changes occur.

I like the words of Sean Gerity who says

The technology you use impresses no one, the experience you create with it is everything

I am both amazed and inspired by the relative ease that we (the clients I work with and myself) have transitioned into being able to create such positive experiences through online platforms, and although I really miss the face to face contact, working in this way provides an easy way to make to have a therapeutic relationship without having to travel. I look forward to working in the physical way and also spending more time outdoors connecting with nature in creativity and wellness, but will still offer online support for those that wish.

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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