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 | Psychotherapist/Art Psychotherapist | EMDR Therapist | Educator | Artonomy Director and Founder

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available. 

Louise is a Psychotherapist/Art Psychotherapist, EMDR therapist, Supervisor 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, family separation and sexual trauma. Louise also specialises in treating binge eating. 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 and out in Nature. louise@artonomy.ie 

e. louise@artonomy.ie | WhatsApp. +353830198659

BA (Hons.), MSc., Cert. C.A.T Supervision, EMDR therapist, MIACAT, MNIGAT, MEMDRAIA. 

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

Expresssive arts therapist

Keshet Zur | Expressive Arts Therapy | Educator

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. 

https://www.expressiveartsireland.com

Art Psychotherapist

Nuala Weber | Art Psychotherapist

In Person – Fluent English and Spanish speaker

A Safe Place to Self-Heal

Nuala has practiced Art Therapy in educational settings with children of primary school age, adolescents, and young adults. She has worked with clients with dementia in a hospital setting and patients in a psychiatric setting. Currently works with children and adults in Artonomy. Nuala believes that everybody deserves a space where they feel safe
and where they are listened to, in order to discover things about themselves which will enhance and enrich their future lives.

M.A. Art Therapy, CIT (First Class Hon)., H.Dip in Primary School Teaching. B.A (Hons) in History of Art and Spanish, TCD
Accredited member of IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies).

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr Claire Stephens | Senior Clinical Psychologist | Family Therapist

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Claire Stephens is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working with clients affected by physical and mental health issues. Claire has a PhD (Queen’s University Belfast) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Exeter). She has worked in the UK, Australia and Ireland since qualifying. Claire specialises in work with children, young people and their families with a background in paediatric psychology and learning disabilities. Claire’s preferred way of working incorporate her additional training in systemic family therapy. The types of presentations Claire works with are varied but may include (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, school refusal, OCD, bullying, family separation, grief and loss, phobias, physical illness, chronic pain, adjustment issues, developmental delay or regression, behaviours of concern, abuse and trauma. 

Claire uses an integrated approach to therapy based on the current research and evidence in the field. Claire’s experience has shown her that often our symptoms or patterns of behaviour make sense in light of a family’s (client’s) context and story. Claire applies psychological assessment and formulation (meaning making) to guide therapeutic interventions.

Services: 

– Therapeutic interventions for children, young people and families (collaborating with schools where required)

– Individual therapy for adults

– Supervision: as a qualified supervisor, Claire provides supervision to clinicians working with young people and families

– Consultation/training: Teaching and training for allied health staff around issues affecting children, young people and families as well as reflective practice approaches and psychological skills for staff groups

D.Clin.Psy., Ph.D. (Psychology), B.Sc. (Hons, Psychology), MBPsS

Contact: drclairepsychology@gmail.com

Play Therapy

Mischa O'Mahony | Play Therapist

In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Mischa is a play therapist, working with children aged 4-12 years.

Play therapy is a gentle and child-centred approach to therapy, it empowers children to express their inner world through play and find their own way to communicate and bring understanding around big emotions.

Mischa uses a holistic integrative approach in her practice, offering clients the use of a wide variety of creative media such as art (painting, drawing, crafts), sand play, clay, music, puppets, role-play, messy play, creative visualisation and stories, to express themselves in the therapy room. 

Play is a child’s language and Mischa firmly believes that every child has their unique story to tell, she is an attentive listener in her therapeutic work, guiding them towards regulation, increased self-esteem and healing.

The playroom is a safe place to just be – a place to be yourself.  

PG Cert in Therapeutic Play Skills & PG Dip in Play Therapy, both with APAC (Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy).

Member of Play Therapy Ireland (PTIrl) / Play Therapy International (PTI) and the Irish Play Therapy Community Association (IPTCA).

e. mischa.l@gmail.com | t. 087-7799014 | w. www.meandyouplay.com 

Sonya Goulding

Sonya Goulding | Psychotherapist | Educator

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Sonya is an integrative psychotherapist and educator (additional training in somatic and mindfulness interventions and autism specialist clinical training). She takes a holistic approach, drawing from different schools of psychotherapy to best meet the clients’ needs. At the core of Sonya’s approach is nurturing a strong relationship with her clients, it being the foundation for working together. Her work is also grounded in the belief that the quality of the relationship with oneself is fundamental to all relationships. Self-acceptance being the greatest condition for healing, growth, change and transformation.

Sonya works primarily with adults and has experience supporting a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, loss, parenting. She’s worked in multiple settings – student counselling, early learning, and currently in a community-based organisation supporting parents and children (including additional needs).

MIACP, BA (Hons), Cert., Dip.

Contact: 083 0106584 | sonyagoulding@gmail.com

Geraldine O'Kelly Cooney

Geraldine O'Kelly Cooney | Psychotherapist & Counsellor

Online & In-Person Therapy Sessions Available.

Your wellbeing is my absolute priority. Your personal therapy will be specifically for you; according to what you need. The purpose of counselling and psychotherapy is to enable and facilitate you to identify and bring about the changes you are looking for in your life. My work experience is in the areas of Clinical Psychotherapy, Counselling, Motivation Analysis, Market Research, Business Mentoring, Enterprise Training and Support, Education, Literacy, Language Training.

I have lived and worked in Ireland, USA, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, UK. This diverse background experience informs my professional work: I specialise in Cultural Integration, Relocation, Business/Work Related Stress, Managing Illness, Parenting, Ageing, Life Stages, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Bereavement.

MIACP, MIAHIP, MEAP, MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, BA Hons. Psychology, BA Hons.
French, ATAL Certificate, RELSA Diploma

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