Molly O’Connell

Associate Art Psychotherapist

BA, MA

Services

  • Art Therapy
  • Adoption Support
  • Face-to-face

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts Degree in Art Psychotherapy
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography

Experience

Molly qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2019 from the University of South Wales. She has pre and post qualification experience working with adults, children, young people and their families. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of settings including schools and charities and has developed a skillset around developmental trauma and attachment. Molly has conducted assessments and therapy with clients struggling with regulating their anxiety, low self-esteem, and attachment difficulties. She has also worked with clients who have experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Catherine and Molly first worked together in 2020 when Catherine clinically supervised Molly’s work at a specialist unit in a school for children who were struggling in mainstream classes.


Approach

Art Psychotherapy can offer an additional method of communication for clients when thoughts and feelings can feel difficult to put in to words. Molly welcomes clients to use the therapy space however they need; using a combination of talking, art making, and play to explore how they are feeling each session. In Art Therapy there are also activities Molly and the client can do together for when the client is unsure where to begin.

Molly strongly believes that there is no right or wrong way to do Art Therapy. Within Molly’s Art Therapy sessions it is greatly important that the client has a voice and that their experience is heard and accepted. It is then through this non-judgemental therapeutic relationship that trust can develop to allow clients to explore their experiences in a safe space. Molly believes that working in an open and creative way is integral to working with children and young people.


Professional Registrations

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    – Arts Therapist with the modality of Art Psychotherapy
  • British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)