Maeve Toomey qualified with an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. in 2005. Maeve worked for two years post qualification at the Huntercombe Hospital in Staffordshire, U.K. where she facilitated art psychotherapy services for adolescents with mental health problems and eating disorders.
Since her return to Ireland in 2007 Maeve has worked consistently as an art psychotherapist with children and adolescents, through her involvement with School Completion Programmes, with the Blue Box Creative Learning Centre in Limerick and since 2013 at An Cuan Centre for Psychological Services.
Alongside her work at An Cuan Maeve facilitates art psychotherapy groups for adults at St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan. She has also worked with adults at an eating disorder treatment centre in Dublin, with a Fostering Agency providing educational and therapeutic support for foster parents and she has had input as a lecturer in the Art Therapy Department in Cork and the Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy course in Dublin.
Maeve uses a psychodynamic approach in her art psychotherapy practice at An Cuan where she sees children, adolescents and adults for therapy. Consideration of attachment theory is also often useful as are some elements of play especially when working with her younger clients.
Maeve is very committed to helping her clients explore and understand their difficulties and strengths in order to achieve more contentment in their lives. Communication with parents/carers is an important part of this when working with children and teenagers.
Maeve believes in the healing power of art making in a supportive therapeutic environment and has seen how this can allow clients to have time and space to express themselves through art making and to think about and discuss their life stories, experiences and hopes for the future.
Maeve works with people with a range of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, loss and bereavement, interpersonal challenges and behavioural issues.
Maeve is a member of IACAT (Irish Association of Art Therapists) and abides by the organisation’s code of ethics in her work.