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Art Therapy

Art Therapy by Helplink (Galway and Mayo)

Art therapy is the use of art materials for self expression and reflection in the presence of a qualified art therapist.

Art  therapy combines creativity and psychotherapy for growth, awareness and healing; in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.


Art therapy Paint


Why do people see an Art Therapist?

  • Some people can find it difficult to talk directly about their feelings and experiences. Using art materials can be an alternative form of expression.
  • The art process itself can be deeply relaxing, satisfying and positive. It can provide some physical and emotional relief as we express feelings using tactile art materials.
  • Art therapy can potentially provide a space where people can experiment, make a mess, be playful and spontaneous.


Male Art Therapy

Do I need to be artistic?

No artistic skill is necessary. It is not about making realistic drawings or painting a masterpiece. The artistic quality of the end product is unimportant. The therapist will not make judgments and all work is accepted in its own right.


What will happen in a session?

Sessions usually last for between 50 minutes to an hour, at the same time and place each week. A range of art materials will be available in each session and you can choose what to make or do, with freedom to express your experiences and thoughts in your own individual way. All images you make, and what you may say about them is treated as confidential


Art therapy child


Art Therapy can help with:

  • anger,
  • bullying,
  • depression,
  • low self esteem and confidence,
  • grief and bereavement,
  • stress and anxiety,
  • recovery (alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc),
  • and much more!


Our Art Therapists


Galway: Kate O’Sullivan is Helplink’s Galway based At Therapist, holds MA in Art Therapy (First Class Honours) from Crawford College of Art and Design.

She also holds a Professional Certificate in Children and Loss. She is fully accredited with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) and works with a diverse range of clients and client groups.

Kate works with children and adults, on a 1 to 1 basis and in group settings.

Her special interest is in personal growth and development, in supporting adults and children/adolescents that are experiencing anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement.

Kate’s support as an Art therapist is client centred, grounded in strong ethical foundations and continues to evolve as she pursues continual professional development and training with approved methodologies.

Kate is available to see children (aged 6 upwards), young people and adults by appointment.



Mayo: Terri Mitchell is Helplink’s Mayo based Art Therapist, she is a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design; holding a Masters Degree in Art Therapy.

Furthermore, Terri holds:

  • a BA in Fine Art from Sligo Institute of Technology
  • a certificate in the Principles of Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design
  • a Diploma in Art and Design from GMIT.

As part of her placements during her studies Terri has worked in a variety of settings providing Art Therapy. In the placements and in her work with Helplink she has worked with adults with learning disabilities, teenagers as part of Youth Work Ireland and with primary school children with a broad range of needs; including autism, selective mutism and those dealing with bereavement.

Terri is available to see children (aged 6 upwards), young people and adults by appointment.

Finally, Terri also holds themed group art therapy workshops in schools, community organisations and in our offices in Galway and Mayo – please contact for details.



Appointment Fees:

The cost for this specialist counselling service is 55 Euro per appointment.

*To cancel or postpone an appointment you must contact us 48 hours before your appointment is due to take place or you may be subject to a cancellation fee.

Note: caregivers must give written permission to us for young people under 18 and children to participate in art therapy.

Helplink Testimonials
18th February 2020
Terri worked with a group of adults with an intellectual disability over a number of weeks. She had a great rapport with the group from the very outset. She was intuitive about the individuals she worked with and had great insight into different individuals interests and challenges. The group enjoyed the variety of art projects Terri worked on with them in a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere. There was full attendance throughout the weeks, which I believe was a testament to Terri