Siobhan Bereen

Siobhan Bereen has over 17 years of experience working both in private practice and in public settings in the UK, Ireland and Qatar having qualified in Art Psychotherapy in Goldsmiths College University of London 2002. Siobhan works with both individuals and in group sessions with children, families, adolescents and adults. Her special interests are working in areas of trauma, substance misuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety and working cross culturally. Siobhan provides supervision for qualified Art Psychotherapists and is an Assistant Lecturer on the MA Art Therapy Programme in Cork Institute of Technology. She is also currently training in Group Analytic Psychotherapy.
Reg: IACAT (The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies)
Reg: BAAT (British Association of Art Therapy)
Reg: HCPC (Health and Care Professional Council UK)
Reg: IGAS (Irish Group Analytic Society)


This presentation explores my work as an art psychotherapist working in the Middle East. I had a duel role. I was a member of the management team designing and developing a hospital for substance misuse and persistent pain and I also worked clinically. Themes of respect and touch while working in this cross-cultural context was a very real and important part of what needed consideration and attention in the work. Through a case example I will highlight some of the ways that the art psychotherapy space provided a container for a client to access, and to ‘get in touch’ with self. This process presented challenges and dilemmas which led us as a multidisciplinary team to be creative in thinking of new ways of working together and learning from and respecting our differences.

Abstract of workshop: UNCOVERING THE HIDDEN

This interactive and experiential workshop will explore how the creative process of image making can be a way to uncover aspects of ourselves that may be difficult to access. The workshop further develops ideas around the art therapy room as a container allowing our clients an opportunity to begin to peel back layers of themselves inviting otherwise hidden parts of the self to have a place to play and be seen.