Art - Dance Movement - Drama - Music



Our Association


Executive Council

The Executive Council and its working groups focus on: Administration & Finance, Statutory Recognition, Accreditation & Professional Standards, Membership, the IACAT Journal and PR & Media Relations. The council ensures that the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics is maintained and adheres to legislation, protocols and guidelines, ensuring safe practice for both clients and members. The Executive Council also liaises with regional groups.


Ed Kuczaj, Council Chairperson

Ed Kuczaj is the recently retired Head of Arts in Health and Community Practice at CIT Cork. An Art Therapist, Ed has a background as an Arts and Dramatherapy Manager and Clinician, working in the field of learning disabilities and has previously served as Council member and Vice-Chair of BAAT. 



Louise Gartland - Council Deputy Chair & Standards and Accreditation Committee 

BA (hons), MSc. Art Psychotherapy, Cert. Creative Arts Therapy Supervision. MIACAT, MNIGAT

Louise has worked with arts in mental health for over 13 years and as an Art Psychotherapist for almost 10 years. She has worked with adults and children individually and in groups in community settings, residential and outreach addiction settings, forensic settings, with CAT trainees and in private practice. She is co-founder and Director of Artonomy, a Creative Arts Therapy organisation raising awareness of the Arts Therapies and championing for more CATs in the workplace, in a wider variety of settings, on a national scale. 



Maggie Dagge - Council & Treasurer

Maggie Dagge is a Dramatherapist specialising in trauma informed DvT. Unique to this practice is the physical interaction between client and therapist towards a mutual journey to discover the anxieties that influence and impact on a person's life. Maggie works with adults and children in both school/institutional settings together with private practice. She also runs the Irish DvT practice group. Maggie who has a background in professional theatre and venue management also uses DvT with performers, directors, teachers, therapists, social workers and trainers. 



Nadia Rachel - Council & Secretary

Nadia Rachel is an early career Psychologist, Trauma-Informed Design Consultant, and Dance/Movement Psychotherapist based in Dublin. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Memphis, an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counselling, specialising in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University, as well as an M.D.S. in Design for Human Health from the Boston Architectural College. Nadia worked as a Child and Family Clinical Psychotherapist before entering private practice and has a progressive specialisation in providing trauma-focused psychotherapy and design consultation for individuals and groups.



Deirdre Ronan - Council & Statutory Recognition Committee

Deirdre Ronan qualified with an MSc in Art Psychotherapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Deirdre works clinically as both a Psychotherapist and Art Therapist in private practice and also lectures at PCI College. Deirdre has worked both with the CARI Foundation, engaging with children and families who were impacted by child sexual abuse and One in Four, where she was engaged in all aspects of the Clinical Programme. Deirdre's areas of interest centre on the primary and vicarious impacts of trauma on individuals and systems. Contact:


Pamela Whitaker - Council 

Pamela Whitaker is an Art Therapist from Vancouver. Her M.A and PhD examined art therapy in relation to performance art, cultural studies and art therapy environments. She works under the name of Groundswell (, a social enterprise that combines art therapy, arts and health, socially engaged art, and environmental activism. She is currently editor of the Canadian Art Therapy Journal.  



Aisling Brennan - Council & Journal Sub-Committee

Aisling Brennan qualfied with an M.A. in Art Therapy from CIT/Crawford College of Art and Design Cork. She also holds a Bachelor of Education and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Spiritual Accompaniment. Aisling runs a private practice True Self, True Art in Co. Laoise. She primarily works with children, the elderly and those with additional needs.



Tracey Costello - Council & Journal Sub-Committee

BA Fine Art, BA (hons) Sculpture, MA Dramatherapy. Since 2005, Tracey has used the arts as a vehicle for change, working with children and adults at-risk within community and educational settings. Now as a dramatherapist, Tracey runs her own private practice based in and around Dublin's North East Inner City. She also works as a social care worker in a mainstream residential setting with adolescents. Contact



Jessica Harris - Council 

Jessica began her career as a musician studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music performing throughout Ireland and the U.K. with orchestras and ensembles such as the National Symphony and National Concert Orchestras of Ireland.  In 2010, she  completed her Masters in Music Therapy at UL.  Since graduation, she has provided music therapy to clients across a wide range of populations and ages including within St. Michael's House, Autism Initiatives Ireland, Bloomfield Health Services, the Central Remedial Clinic, Lois Bridges and within the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her approach is person-centred and psychodynamic and she is passionate and committed to providing opportunities for change, hope and joy. 



Olivia Best - Student Council Member & PR & Marketing Sub-Committee

Olivia qualified with a BSc in Psychology from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Music Therapy in University of Limerick. For her final year thesis she will be studying the role of melodic intonation therapy in music therapy in a neurorehabilitation service. 


Ciara O'Sullivan - Student Council Member & PR & Marketing Sub-Committee


Angie O'Brien - Student Council Member

Angie qualified as an Architect with a B Arch Sc, Dip Arch(Hons) Degree and has practised as an architect in Ireland, England and Germany. Angie has also worked as an  Architectural Lecturer in Two Universities in the UK where she has also acted as mentor to students in the  University of Suffolk..  Creatively she is a mural painter and assists Art workshops for children. Currently she has completed her first year in  the Art Therapy Masters including a placement in a Deis Primary School in Leinster.




Rosemary McGarry, Administrator

Contact 087 992 1746 or


Maggie O'Neill, Journal Co-editor



IACAT Membership

Become an IACAT-accredited Art, Dance Movement, Drama or Music Therapist by joining the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.

Professional, Associate, Student and Organisational Memberships are available.

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