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Art therapy is not just for children, says Beara's Jean

August 2nd, 2019 5:51 PM

By Brian Moore

Art therapist Jean Power at the Bantry Holistic Centre.

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A NEW art therapy service designed to support adults has opened in Bantry.

Art therapist Jean Power, originally from Castletownbere, has set up her practice at the Bantry Holistic Centre and offers a specific training for the LGBT+ sector.

Jean also works with adults who are dealing with abuse, addiction, anxiety and stress, bereavement and loss, low mood, shame and trauma. 

‘Art can help with self-awareness, self-development, health and well-being,’ explained Jean.

‘I offer one-to-one sessions, group sessions and workshops. And I work with clients and groups in a person-centred approach, combining the additional training I received with ongoing meditation practice.’

Jean has worked as an art therapist with the HSE and with  private nursing homes as well as in primary schools. ‘Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy and a different way to be creative in a non-judgmental way and a unique method for being seen and heard,’ Jean said. ‘I provide a safe space for exploring inner thoughts and feelings as a means for self-development.’ 

Jean also works closely with marginalised individuals or groups, as well as minority and ethnic minorities. 

‘I have significant experience and training working with clients from the LGBT+ community and I am a health career professional of Transgender Equality Network Ireland. I specialise in mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation,’ Jean said.

‘At each session, which lasts an hour, you will have access to a large selection of art material. Remember you don’t need to have any art experience this is all about positive attention, listening and empowerment.’

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