Creative Therapies

Northside Family Resource Centre has a dedicated therapy space for children aged 3 to 12 years.

We have partnered with Phoenix Creative Psychotherapy Centre who provide a team of fully qualified and experienced child and adult psychotherapists.

Our goal is to recognise children experience difficulties and upsets in their lives and there may be times when children need a safe and secure space to express those upsets through play, art and other creative means.

Due to their age and developmental stage children have limited language for their often complex thoughts and feelings. Creative arts and play therapies provide a free, fun and child centred space for children to communicate their worries and fears and learn mechanisms to cope with those feelings.

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Our Therapists work with the children’s’ parents; family support workers; early years practitioners and youth workers to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and their families.

For more information on our creative therapies or to book a pre-assessment for therapy for your child just call us on 061 326623 and ask for our therapy services or complete our confidential contact form and one of our team will be in contact.

This is a free and confidential service. Donations are never asked for but are gratefully accepted.

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Meet our child therapy team:

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Austin Crevan

Austin Creaven has been involved in setting up and providing Creative Arts Therapy services in the Regeneration areas of Limerick City since 1997. He has worked in a variety of community settings, with children, adolescents and adults.

He holds a Post Graduate qualification in Art Psychotherapy, a Diploma in Play Therapy and is a trained Clinical Supervisor. He provides individual and group sessions as well as providing clinical supervision, workshops and seminars to trainee and qualified therapists and to other practitioners.

Antonia Brown

Antonia Brown

Antonia Brown is an art therapist and supervisor working in Limerick Regeneration areas since 2006, with children, adults and vulnerable women’s groups. She has a PhD in the area of arts therapy in schools as well as a Post Graduate qualification in art therapy, a Bed Hons degree and two Clinical Supervision qualifications.

She currently provides individual creative arts therapy sessions, facilitates group sessions and provides supervision for professionals working with vulnerable children and adults.


Dipankar Biswas

Dipankar Biswas has been working in The Blue Box CLC, Limerick as a Play therapist for six years and more recently with Phoenix Creative Psychotherapy Centre.  Dipankar works with children presenting with a wide range of developmental, behavioural, emotional, social and domestic issues, children on the ASD spectrum and children with additional needs. The approach used is client-centred, humanistic and integrative with play as the preferred method of therapeutic intervention.  Dipankar also provides counselling to parents and guardians to help them better relate to their children.

Dipankar has a Master of Arts in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Play Therapy and Psychotherapy both from the Children’s Therapy Centre.

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Please complete our Confidential Contact Form and one of our staff will be in touch.