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Child Therapy


Child Art Psychotherapy

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Art Psychotherapy Group

Children Painting at the Table

Individual Speech & Language Therapy

Boy Exercises Putting Fingers with Therapist
Happy Family Painting

At Rosebud Child Therapy we offer a unique space for school aged children, 6 years and older, to engage in an art psychotherapy group. We also offer individual child art psychotherapy for children over 6 years of age. We can provide speech and language therapy consultation for children of all ages, as well as therapy, depending on the area of need.

It is our passion to enable self awareness, confidence and connection for children. These have been identified as protective factors for positive mental health.

Our particular skills and interest is in supporting the emotional wellbeing of children with speech, language and communication challenges, including difficulties with speech clarity, language comprehension and expression, stammering or differences with social communication.

It can be difficult to find words for feelings. The art psychotherapy group, and individual child art psychotherapy, provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings non-verbally. The art that is created is the primary mode of communication. In the carefully contained therapeutic space the special relationship between image making and the unconscious, can be utilized. This facilitates a better understanding of emotions which supports the child in making meaning of their experience.

The benefits of the group context in particular, include peer support, and also experiencing the opportunity to provide help to others.

We will meet with you and your child and talk about your hopes and concerns. Together we will decide if this is the right time for support, and also what form of support is right for your child.

Art Concept

Art Psychotherapy Group for Children

Weekly Sessions in Dublin 14

Beginning Autumn 2024

Who are we?

Alison Byrne (Child Art Psychotherapist/Speech & Language Therapist) &

Ger Duff (Speech & Language Therapist)

What do we offer?

Opportunities for school aged children, 6 years and up, to engage in a small art psychotherapy ​group. This group supports children who are experiencing emotional difficulties, and/or ​challenges with speech, language and communication.


For more information about the group, and the additional services we offer, please visit our ​website is at:

We would be happy to provide detailed information about our training, qualifications and ​experience. You can contact Alison at 086-8521869, Ger at 087-9176389, or feel free to email us ​at and we will arrange a follow up phone call with you.

Registration and Accreditation

Both Ger and Alison are CORU registered speech and language therapists and garda vetted ​through this process, with up to date Children First training.

Alison is an accredited psychotherapist with APCP and BACP. We are committed to regular ​supervision and ongoing training.

Meet the Team

We are delighted to be joining together our skills and experience to provide this service.

Ger Duff

Speech & Language Therapist

Ger originally qualified as a general nurse in 1996 and in 2002 she completed a degree in speech and language therapy at City University, London, followed in 2009 by an MSc in speech and language therapy, at Trinity College Dublin.

She has many years of experience working as a speech and language therapist with both children and adults, in school and community settings.

Ger has particular expertise in the areas of developmental language disorder, speech and language delay and stammering. She is also experienced in multilingualism.

Ger is an established group facilitator, working with parents of children with speech, language and communication needs and also with adults who stammer.

Alison Byrne

Child Art Psychotherapist

Speech & Language Therapist

Alison qualified as a speech and language therapist, from Trinity College Dublin, in 1995. She has worked for nearly 30 years in school and clinic settings, with children who have developmental language disorder, severe speech disorders, speech and language delay, mild intellectual disability, and with children who stammer.

During the course of this work, her interest in the impact of significant speech, language and communication difficulties on children’s relationships and emotional wellbeing, led her to embark on MSc training in child art psychotherapy, at UCD. She completed this in 2009 along with extended post masters training, at the School of Psychotherapy, St. Vincent’s Hospital, in 2015-2017.

Since 2010 Alison has also been working as a child art psychotherapist in schools and community centres with children who have experienced bereavement, loss, anxiety, and with children who are coping in adverse circumstances.

Registration and Accreditation

We are registered with CORU as SLTs and we are garda vetted through this process. Alison is an accredited member of the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists, (APCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP), and a member of the Association of Child Art Psychotherapists, (ACAP). Alison is also garda vetted through APCP. Ger is a member of the Irish Association of Infant Mental Health (IAIMH) and the Infant Mental Health Network in Ballymun.

We have up to date Children First training. We are committed to regular supervision and ongoing training.

Recent Training/Conferences Attended

CPD trainings completed in the last three years include Circle of Security Parenting, Compassion Focused Therapy with Children and Young People, Integrating Stammering Management Approaches - Palin Centre, Anna Freud Mentalization Based Treatments with CYP and Families, Confer Application of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy, Tusla Children and Youth Participation Training, Autism Level Up, BAAT Art Therapy with Groups, attendance at the World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress 2023 and Intergenerational Trauma Conference in 2021.


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Contact Information

We are based in Dublin 14

Email Address

Contact Phone Numbers

Alison: 086-8521869

Ger: 087-9176389

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