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Art Therapist
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A counsellor who specialises with art as a medium of expression.


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Art therapists use art to help people who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally or who have lost touch with their feelings. The art therapist aims to ease their clients' emotional distress and improve their quality of life. Some clients may not be able to speak, so artwork provides a valuable means of communication.  
 
Art therapists work with a wide variety of clients including children, the elderly, those with physical needs, psychiatric patients and offenders. They work with individual clients on a one-to-one basis and also with groups of clients.  
 
Therapists work in rooms set aside for artwork. They offer support to their clients and encourage them to use different sorts of materials such as clay, paper, paint and collage. They believe that creating any kind of art is a therapeutic act. They may get their clients to work on their own projects or on group projects.  
 
Art therapists do not judge a client's work, though they liaise with doctors and psychotherapists who may try to interpret a client's work, to help with diagnosis and treatment. The creative process, and the interaction between the therapist and the client, may help the client to take responsibility for their actions, share with other people and do more things for themselves.  
 
However, improvements of this kind may take a long time and not all clients respond positively to therapy. 


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You need a warm, friendly and supportive personality. Clients may progress very slowly therefore you should be understanding and patient.  
 
You will also need to be a competent artist.


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Organisation: Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
  Address: P.O.Box 4176, Dublin 1
  Tel: 087 992 1746
  Email: info@iacat.ie
  Url www.iacat.ie
   

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Organisation: Association of Registered Complimentary Health Therapists of Ireland (ARCHTI)
  Address: Ballydaniel, Camolin, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
  Tel: (053) 938 3734
  Email: info@irishtherapists.ie
  Url www.irishtherapists.ie
   

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Organisation: Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
  Address: 21 Dublin Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow
  Tel: (01) 272 3427
  Email: iacp@iacp.ie
  Url www.irish-counselling.ie
   

 

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