Deirdre Ronan currently works as a Psychotherapist , where she is engaged in all aspects of the clinical programmes. This involves working therapeutically with adult survivors of child sexual abuse as part of its General Programme and multi-faceted therapeutic interventions for individuals supporting a loved one who was sexually abused in childhood as part of its Family Support Programme.
Deirdre also works closely with her colleagues in delivering a therapeutic treatment intervention programme supporting individuals who have sexually harmed children. This includes working with their families as part of its Significant Individual programme.
The organisation’s approach is client-centred and systemic and holds child protection, multi-agency collaboration and risk management at its core. This ethos chimes perfectly with her personal and clinical beliefs.
Prior to this she worked at The CARI Foundation, engaging with children and families who experienced and are impacted by child sexual abuse. As such, Deirdre have had the unique opportunity of experiencing both the immediate and long term impact of sexual abuse on children, families and adults.
These roles have created and sustained an unwavering awe at the primary and vicarious impacts of trauma on individuals and systems which inspires her work as both a clinician and an artist.
She was awarded my MSc in Art Psychotherapy by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2006 and has been working clinically since then as both an art therapist and psychotherapist.
Deirdre is registered as an art therapist with The British Association of Art Therapists and The Health and Care Professionals Council and abide by their codes of ethics. You can follow her on Twitter @IrishArtTherapy
Credits: Deirdre Ronan
Published: 19 October 2016