ART THERAPY WITH JOANNE
Registered with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies (IACAT)
Joanne works with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings helping people manage difficult feelings through the process of art making and creative expression.
Joanne supports people of all ages and abilities in being able to express themselves without the pressure of verbal communication in the safe environment with the support of a compassionate and empathetic professional.
Joanne adapts a person centered approach to her practice placing emphasis on the importance of the individual.
Joanne specifically supports neurodiverse and neurodivergent communities of all ages; autism, ADHD, ADD and other neurodivergences along with sexual identity, gender identity and self esteem
Joanne also supports autistic adults in managing their mental health and over all well-being through the creative process. Helping individuals work through feelings of depression, isolation, high levels of anxiety and other mental health difficulties, Joanne provides a supportive confidential space to work through how to manage those feelings through using art media.
Joanne often incorporates a variety of both directive and non-directive expressive arts medium in to her practice including mindfulness techniques and CBT techniques where appropriate.
Joanne does not support behavioral interventions such as ABA and other such interventions.
"The expressive arts therapies emphasize senses, feeling and non-verbal communication, establishing a different type of attunement between the practitioner and the individual or group less dependent on words"
(Expressive Arts Therapy and Self-Regulation, 2016)
A BIT ABOUT ART THERAPY WITH JOANNE
The Irish Association for Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) states that art therapy is an allied mental health profession. Like other forms of psychotherapy and counselling, art therapy is used to encourage personal growth and increase self-understanding. Art Therapists are qualified health professionals. They carry out assessments, design and implement therapy programs and evaluate outcomes with reference to the most up to date research base. Therapists undertake continuing professional development and regular clinical supervision. Professional and ethical practice is at the core of Art Therapy with Joanne.