Ellen Herbert

  MSc Child Art Psychotherapy, Mater, UCD
  Post MSc Advanced Training in Child Art Psychotherapy, St Vincent’s Hospital
✓  BA (Hons) Humanities, St Patrick’s College, DCU
  Trained ISPCC Childline Counsellor

Child Art Psychotherapy can help with the following…

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Dyspraxia
  • ADHD
  • Supporting neuropsychological growth
  • Improving self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Assisting with control over difficult emotions
  • Supporting Mental Health
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Promoting Resilience/ Improving coping skills
  • Encouraging self-expression
  • Improving healthy psycho social functioning
  • OCD
  • Developing Self Awareness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Improving sense of self/self-identification
  • Resolving Inner conflict

I have been a practicing Child Art Psychotherapist in a private practice for the past number of years. I have successfully practised Child Art Psychotherapy with children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18 in a clinical setting with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Dublin. I have also practised as a Child Art Psychotherapist with TUSLA for three years. As a qualified Child Art Psychotherapist, I have witnessed art as a non-verbal form of communication.  I have a deep understanding of this creative process and its importance in supporting emotional wellbeing.

Change and healing can create a new understanding of the self, which in turn allows children new possibilities to develop and flourish. To engage in psychotherapy through art enables a creative life process uniquely appropriate to the child or adolescent.  Recent studies of the brain have shown – through MRI scans – that attunement occurs, through art, and has the ability to regulate the central nervous system.

Child Art Psychotherapy is a specific form of psychotherapy that uses the medium of art to communicate. It is a sound psychotherapeutic practice based on psychological principles and proven therapeutic skills. Art psychotherapy is a mental health practice applying creative intervention using art to reflect upon inner conflict within a therapeutic relationship. Importantly, one does not have to be an artist to benefit. The iconography created through the process becomes part of the relationship between the child/adolescent and the therapist. In the therapeutic process in Child Art Psychotherapy, the child/adolescent learns and responds to the interplay between themselves, the image and the therapist. This is called the triad relationship.

I believe that children/adolescents need to be seen and heard and that healing starts when they have an experience of this, and when they are accepted in their vulnerability. I work with my head and my heart to help children/teenagers know and appreciate themselves, so that they can achieve a deeper level of exploration. The ART gives a voice to the child’s/adolescent’s emotions.

Professional Memberships:

  • ACAP Registered Member
  • PSI Registered Member
  • BACP Registered Member