Gretta qualified as an Art Psychotherapist - graduating with a MA in Art Therapy from Crawford College Cork. She is registered with the Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists (IACAT). Her background is in nursing, she is a trained hypnotist and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner.
You do not need any previous experience or skill in art. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable.
Art Psychotherapy can be used to deal with:
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Grief and loss
• Domestic violence
• Traumatic events and other mental and emotional problems, substance abuse and addictions, family and relationship issues, abuse and social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness, physical, cognitive and neurological problem and psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness.
Art Psychotherapy is related to and draws from psychology, psychotherapy and counselling, but with art as the main forum of therapeutic intervention.
It can be difficult to make sense of our thoughts, feelings and emotions - often words are not enough. Visual ‘language’ comes before verbal language. Art making helps people tell their stories, to (themselves & others), express themselves, deal with feelings, improve self esteem, and find new solutions to old problems. A qualified Art Psychotherapist is trained to be sensitive to the subtleties within the making and viewing of the artwork.
Art psychotherapy may be provided for: groups, or for individuals, depending on clients’ needs and for people of all ages. Qualified Art Therapists/ Art Psychotherapists (the terms are interchangeable) use creativity to help people explore thoughts, feelings and emotions in a confidential, safe, non-judgemental environment in order to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Gretta incorporates relaxation & meditation techniques into her practice.
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