Practitioners

Professional Practitioners at Artonomy

All of our Practitioners are qualified in their own specialist area of work. There are many options open to you, such as Creative Arts Psychotherapists, non-arts based Psychotherapists and behavioural Psychologists. At Artonomy we understand that no one type of healing suits all and so we believe it is important to offer various options for the best collaborations between client and practitioner.

All of our practitioners are accredited with their professional organisations and fully trained and insured in their work.

Our practitioners provide therapy in the centre, in outreach organisations, out in nature and online.

Louise Gartland Art Therapist

Louise Gartland | Art Psychotherapist | Artonomy Director and Founder

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Louise is an Art Psychotherapist and the Clinical Director at Artonomy. She works with adults and older adolescents dealing with a variety of issues, some of which include anxiety, depression, addiction, self-harm, suicide and sexual trauma. She has worked in many settings including educational, clinical, foster care, residential treatment, forensic and international voluntary organisations. Louise believes in peoples innate wisdom and hopes to help them explore this in therapy so that they may grow to listen to and trust in their own voices, thus gaining personal autonomy in their lives. She provides sessions in the Artonomy Rooms and out in Nature. louise@artonomy.ie 

Specialist eating disorder service: Louise is an Eating Freely licensed practitioner. She is trained to deliver a twelve week programme to help her clients deal with emotional eating issues (bulimia and binge eating). To find out more about the programme please visit www.eatingfreely.com or contact Louise directly: louise@artonomy.ie

BA (Hons.), MSc., Cert. C.A.T Supervision, MIACAT, MNIGAT, MEEAI. 

Debbie Nic Gabhann

Debbie Nic Gabhann | Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Debbie works through the arts as an Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. She has more than 20 years experience of working with young people in both educational and therapeutic settings. As a result of her specialised training in the Institute for the Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE, London), her therapeutic approach is integrative and creative. She incorporates different art forms in her work, providing a therapeutic space for teenagers to reflect on their lives, and make sense of their feelings and behaviours, to discover who they are, and who they want to be, so they can move forward and hopefully thrive in adulthood .

B.Ed, P.Grad, Cert, Dip, MBACP

Trish Howard Psychotherapist

Trish Howard | Psychotherapist

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Trish is an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor.  She focusses primarily on the therapeutic relationship as the basis for exploration and change. She also explores the social and political context in which we live and how it prevents or facilitates growth. Particular clinical interests include supporting parents experiencing emotional difficulties after the arrival of a child, as well as working with the particular challenges (and joys) that parenting twins, triplets  and higher order multiples present. Her pronouns are she/her.

M.A, ADip, MUKCP

Marton Doyle

Martina Doyle | Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapist

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Martina is an Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapist. She works with adults dealing with a range of issues such as anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues etc. Her integrative approach allows her to adjust to the therapeutic style that best suits the needs of each individual client. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and its importance in creating a safe space to allow each client to reach their full potential.

Diploma in Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy (UCC & TPTI). IAHIP (Pre-Accredited Member)

Fee charged on a sliding scale. Low Cost therapy available. Contact: martinadoylepsychotherapy@gmail.com or 0851537411

Expresssive arts therapist

Keshet Zur | Expressive Arts Therapy

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Keshet is an Expressive Arts Therapist. In Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) clients are supported through engagement with various creative art processes such as visual arts, creative writing and movement. Both life and art require improvisational skills, resilience and the necessary hands on experience of shaping from materials available. When working with creative processes, we gain insight previously unreachable which supports us with life challenges; psychological, emotional, behavioural, trauma, relationships or transitions. Keshet works with both adults and children. Her experience includes working with adults on the autism spectrum and children with life threatening illness. Keshet’s practice is trauma informed and person centred.

*EXA is not technique oriented; previous art making experience is not necessary. Sessions are tailored to the needs of the participant. Sessions follow an arc consisting of an opening conversation, progressing into the art making process, closing with reflection. 

BA (Hons), MA Expressive Arts Therapy. Co-director and founder of Expressive Arts Ireland. expressiveartireland.com 

Art Therapist

Marian Leahy | Art Psychotherapist

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Marian is an Integrative Counsellor and Art Psychotherapist. She works collaboratively with adults who experience anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, confidence issues, self-esteem issues, emotional difficulties, anger and relationship issues.  She believes through an integrative approach, support and exploration, each of her clients can find the solutions  to manage their difficulties guiding them on the path to recovery. 

BA (Hons.) Integrative counselling and Art Therapy, Msc Mental Health Nursing, HDip Person Centred Art Psychotherapy, MIACP (pre accredited). 

Email: thearttherapyway@gmail.com       Website: www.thearttherapyway.ie

Fee charged on a sliding scale. Low cost therapy available.

Maggie Dagge

Maggie Dagge | DvT Dramatherapist for Adults & Children

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Maggie is a registered dramatherapist using DvT trauma informed psychotherapy. This creative therapy approach invites a client to get in touch with feelings and behaviour using both body and mind. In a DvT session the therapist will both verbally and physically interact with the client in a sensitive and respectful manner. This enables the client to realise their anxieties within their own body. This body awareness develops cognitive skills and helps the client to identify why and how these anxieties occur. Maggie works across all developmental stages: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly and works across a number of areas including: gangland violence, suicide, neglect, sexual abuse, and ASD. 

Maggie is currently training as a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapists in Trinity College Dublin.                                     Dip. Youth & Community work, Hdip Drama, MA Dramatherapy – MIACAT, MCREATE. Maggie is treasurer of The Irish Assoc. of Creative Arts Therapists & Co-ordinator of DvT Ireland 

Helen Cassidy | Nutritional Therapist

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Helen Cassidy qualified as a Nutritional Therapist in 2011 and provides one to one support to her clients.

She lectures on a number of nutrition related topics at the Institute of Nutrition and Health, as well as supervising student clinics. Her area of expertise includes female hormonal issues, digestive health, thyroid health and nutrition for children.

In addition, she delivers online and in person fermentation classes for those who would like to discover how to make their own probiotic rich foods.

Prior to qualifying as a Nutritional Therapist, Helen worked in various management positions with a large Irish financial institution, after completing a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Languages at DCU. As a result, she has a very good understanding of the challenges in trying to combine healthy eating and lifestyle within the confines of a pressurised job.

For more information, or to book a consultation, please log on to www.foodhugs.ie, follow Helen on Instagram (www.instagram.com/myfoodhugs) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/myfoodhugs).

Medbh Boyle

Medbh Boyle | Spiritual Counsellor | Interfaith minster | Celebrant

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Medbh is a HSE registered non-denominational Interfaith minister with over 18 years of experience facilitating wellbeing development for groups and individuals in a range of settings. Medbh specialises in using a combination of nature- based meditation, creative methods and spiritual reflection- supporting people to explore and identify what resources and inspires them in life.

Medbh is also a celebrant of life ceremony services such as weddings, baby naming, funerals and rites of passage. She is a legal solemniser of marriage in Ireland. You can see more on her website:

www.soulfulceremonies.ie  Instagram @soulfulcermonies.ie   Contact medbh.boyle@gmail.com 

Interfaith Minister: One Spirit Foundation, 2018/ BA Hons. Community & Youth Work, MU 2015/ Dip. Drama and Theatre, MU 2001

Melanie Leamy | Reiki Healing, Reiki Workshops, Aroma Touch Massage, Mindfulness Meditation

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Melanie Leamy is a highly experienced Reiki practitioner, Reiki teacher, Aroma Touch Massage therapist and Mindfulness Meditation instructor with 20 years experience in working with clients of all age groups and from all walks of life. In her work Melanie specialises in grief and bereavement support, support of cancer patients before, during and after their treatments and support of people who find themselves in the role of carer for a loved one with a terminal illness. Melanie has also trained with Living Well Dying Well UK and is working as a Death Doula in the Irish community.

Throughout COVID-19, Melanie has started doing online workshops under the title “Walking with grief” and she continues to offer these workshops on Zoom once a month and the dates for those can be found on her website.

Ph. 0871319891  melanie@healingwell.ie www.healingwell.ie

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