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.


Carmel O’ Doherty, Council Chairperson

Carmel O' Doherty holds an MA in Dramatherapy from NUI Maynooth, a BBs (UCD), Dip. Theatre Studies (TCD) & a Certificate in Life Coaching. Carmel works therapeutically with children, teenagers and adults presenting with a broad range of mental health issues. Focus areas include: intellectual disability, attachment disorder, socialisation, self-esteem, grief and challenging behaviour due to difficult socio-economic backgrounds. Carmel has also worked therapeutically within the Irish Penal system. Carmel's practice is based in Dublin. Contact


Aimee O’Neill - Council  Administration & Finance

Aimee qualified with a MA in Art Therapy from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork in 2011 and has a background in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Aimee holds the position of Art Therapist for the National Children’s Hospital (NCH), Dublin, where she has established a medical art therapy service and coordinates the children's arts and health programme. She has experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. In addition to her work at the NCH she works within education, the social services and private practice. Contact


Alison Sweeney - Council & IACAT Journal Committee

Alison Sweeney qualified with a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University College Cork. Alison specialises in paediatric rehabilitation and care of older adults. She set up and runs the music therapy service in The Children's University Hospital, Temple Street where she works as part of the neurosurgery and neurology teams. More recently she has taken up the position of Music Therapist at the National Children's Hospital in Tallaght. Alison's research interests lie in the areas of stress and coping, interdisciplinary team work and augmentative and alternative communication systems. Alison can be contacted on


Eoin Nash - Council 


Corinna Henry - Council


Deirdre Ronan - Council 

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:


 Louise Gartland - Council & Standards and Accreditation Committee



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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