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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 Galway and Mayo

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.

Art Therapy Galway and Mayo

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 45 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 Galway and Mayo

Art Therapy can help with:

  • anger
  • bullying
  • depression
  • low self esteem and confidence
  • grief and bereavement
  • stress and anxiety
  • and much more!

Appointment Fees:

The cost for this specialist counselling service is 65 per appointment as the standard rate or 45 as the discounted rate.

This discounted rate applies if you are:

1. Jobseekers Benefit/Allowance
2. One Parent Family
3. Disability Benefit
4. Carer’s Allowance/Benefit
5. State Pension

You can get evidence of your proof of payment in the following ways:

  • If you are registered on you can get proof
  • You can ask for a print out receipt at any Post Office
  • You can get a letter from the Social Welfare Office
  • You can show your bank feed payment (comes up in the bank usually as DSP
  • You can contact local welfare office and they can provide you with a letter of confirmation. See:

Full-time Student: The following is acceptable as evidence of your status as a student:

  • A valid student card which includes the name of your course
  • A letter from your faculty confirming your status as a full time student.

Part-time worker who works less than 20 hours per week: The following proof of your status will allow you avail of the discounted rate:

  • A letter from your employer confirming your weekly hours of work
  • A redacted payslip (dated within the last 3 months) showing your weekly hours of work

*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