Aisling FeganArt therapy psychotherapist
Hello! I am an Irish artist and community art psychotherapist. With a lived experience of wellness owed to a therapeutic community, I am passionate about developing health and social care services and training which hold service users' authentic experiences at the heart of what they do. I am breaking down stigma.
The therapy that I offer is centred around your experiences, thoughts and feelings. It is a safe and non-judgement space where your political and social experiences matter. Trauma matters. This type of therapy is not a quick fix. We are working within a process, full of depth and meaning. Our work together is led by you. We will work at your pace.
What is art psychotherapy?
Art therapy, also known art psychotherapy is a type of psychological therapy (rather than an art class or hobby) that uses creative practices like drawing, painting, collage, and sculpting to provide an accessible way to communicate and contain thoughts and feelings that are too difficult to express with words alone - sometimes there simply are no words.
Who is art psychotherapy for?
You don’t need any artistic ability to benefit from art psychotherapy, and there is no requirement to produce art in these sessions. Sessions are suitable for people of all ages, and the content of your therapy, including any artwork created, is strictly confidential.
Art psychotherapy can be particularly helpful for people who are finding it difficult to express themselves with words. It is suitable for people who are experiencing the impact of trauma, injustice, eating difficulties, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, covid-19, memory difficulties, OCD, loss, and separation.
I have a valid DBS vetting, ICO registration, HCPC registration (AS15235), BAAT membership and the appropriate insurance for online and face-to-face therapy.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Initial conversation: no fee
Individual therapy (50 minutes): £60
Weekly group therapy: £20
I use a "pay what you can afford" sliding scale for calculating fees.
Please ask me about this, if you would like to discuss the cost of therapy.
Training and qualifications
International Diploma in Group Work, Group Analysis India (Aug 2021 – ongoing / July 2022).
Certificate: An introduction to working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation, London (Oct 2020 – June 2021).
Foundation Certificate in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London (Oct 2019 – July 2020).
Masters in Art Psychotherapy (with Distinctions), Goldsmiths, University of London (Sept 2012 – June 2015).
Degree in Model Making and Design for Film and Media (Pass with Merit), Institute of Art, Design and Technology Ireland (Sept 2004 – May 2007).