Academic Background: Siobhan’s background is as an artist with a degree in fine art from the 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. Postgraduate diploma (2001) MA Art Therapy (2007). Registered with IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists)

Siobhan O'Donnell

Work Experience: Since qualifying in 2001, Siobhan’s continues to work in the 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 in art is necessary.

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