Linda has 12 years’ experience as an art therapist in Dublin working with young people. She has worked in numerous schools including in disadvantaged areas. She also has worked for many years in private practice. She received a 1st class honours and 1st in her class in the MA Art therapy course in Crawford College in Cork in 2008.
Some of the issues she can deal with: anxiety; depression; bereavement; parental separation ; anger management; bullying; panic attacks; trauma; low self-esteem; on the autistic spectrum. She has experience working with mild general learning difficulties, physical disabilities and visual impairment. She has worked with 6 to 18 year olds.
For the past 11 years she has been working as an art therapist in a special school. There she works as part of a multi-disciplinary team. She was employed as a therapeutic art group facilitator for 10 years by the National Council for the Blind.
Liaising with parents has been a big part of her work. She believes that young people have the answers to their problems but at times need the support and guidance of a trained therapist to resolve their issues. She feels that developing a sympathetic relationship between the therapist and young person is crucial to the success of the work. She facilitates young people in a caring way to express themselves, often through art, to find a way of expressing their difficulties. She maintains that there is no need to be good at art to engage in art therapy.
Linda has trained at the National College of Art & Design and she exhibits her art work yearly.
- Member of the Professional Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists