Co-founder and consultant
Ursula is an Art Therapist holding an MA in Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT, Cork and is fully accredited by the Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists (IACAT). Ursula's interest and expertise are in mental health, recovery and wellbeing with particular emphasis on training and supporting teams or organisations in the workplace to use effective creative approaches in these areas. Ursula's work is client centred and trauma informed, placing value on both personal and interpersonal development as being essential to our wellbeing. Her work is grounded in strong ethical foundations and codes of best practice as set out in The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists. Ursula has extensive experience in designing and delivering workshops and training, both online and in person.
Kate O Sullivan
Co-founder and consultant
Kate O’Sullivan is an Art Therapist and workshop facilitator. She holds MA Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT, Cork. She is fully accredited by Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists (IACAT) and works in line with their Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics Kate’s special interest is in personal growth and development. Her experitise lays in supporting people that face life challenges through creative means. She has participated in extensive training to deepen her knowledge in the fields of mental health and personal development. Kate’s support as an Art therapist and facilitator is client centered and grounded in strong ethical foundations and continues to evolve as she pursues continual professional development and training with approved methodologies. She has an extensive experience in designing and delivering workshops, both online and in person.
About Red Door
Identifying the need for group supports within organisations led us to facilitate a space for personal development and wellbeing. We ran this every Friday morning and welcomed people from all different walks of life in to the group. This created opportunities for people to creatively express themselves, engage in discussion and relate this to everyday life.
This led us to being invited to facilitate groups for many organisations out in the community as well as in our own premises and Red Door Studio began to be known throughout County Galway. Despite our obstacles to expanding further of finding suitable venues and appropriate times for participants to attend, we felt we were in a good momentum to expand. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and we found ourselves with an opportunity to reset and look at our business from a different point of view. We started providing workshops and training online which was challenging but created great learning experiences for us to build upon and expand our customer base.
Inspired by a few queries from the corporate sector we decided to look into the needs and wants of this sector in relation to wellbeing in the workplace. We interviewed people in relevant positions to find out their insights on how creativity can positively impact wellbeing in the workplace.... and we learnt a lot! People identified that - supports within corporations need to be proactive rather than reactive - good mental health has a huge impact on productivity and overall satisfaction in the workplace - meaningful social connection is essential to fulfilment in the workplace.
Although there were differing views on what wellbeing and creativity meant we found agreement that expressing ourselves in a fun way and reflecting in a group organically creates meaningful connections. Creativity has a lot to offer in relation to wellbeing and overall workplace satisfaction.