About me

Karin Angstrom

I am passionate about helping others to engage in a more authentic, awakened and fulfilling life. I am a qualified (MA, Goldsmiths, University of London) and state-registered (Health and Care Professions Council) Art Psychotherapist. I am also a member of the British Association of Art Therapists.

I provide individual sessions, group sessions and workshops to people of all ages and various needs. Previous experience include delivering art psychotherapy and therapeutic work to adults within acute mental health in an NHS hospital, migrant and refugees and their children for UK based charity, adolescents in a secondary school, children in a primary school, geriatrics in a hospital and people with various mental health problems, including depression and personality disorder, in private homes.

I am dedicated to my continuing professional development and I always look for ways to enrich my practice and my understanding of human nature, wellbeing and health. For this reason I have additionally undertaken the following training: Professional Diploma in Life Coaching, Mindfulness Applications in Art Psychotherapy, Counselling for Children and Adolescents, Reiki Healing Master Level, and Professional Diploma in Nutrition. I initially trained as an Artist (BA Hons Fine Art) and Arts Manager (MA in Culture, Policy and Management). I also like to keep my own art practice alive and I exhibit yearly.

My Approach

My training as an art psychotherapist is that of psychodynamic psychotherapy. This is a form of depth psychology that focuses on the unconscious and past experiences, and their relation to development. How we perceive the world depends on who we think we are and the relationship we have with ourselves. This relationship with ourselves is influenced by past experiences and effects how we think, feel, behave and interact in our everyday lives. Personal growth and change happen when we have the courage to look inwards and evaluate our thought processes, emotions, personality traits and past experiences. This may involve gently questioning and changing old beliefs and ways of doing things. If we can do this there is potential for change, growth and self-acceptance. We can come to a better appreciation, understanding and acceptance of the unique person that we are.

My aim is always to offer an empathetic environment while keeping a good balance between challenge and support.  Trust is important to the therapeutic process and all information disclosed is treated as confidential. It is vitally important to feel safe and secure in the relationship and I place this at the heart of the process.

What I Offer

I offer both long-term and short-term art psychotherapy sessions, groups and workshops. I cater for people with a wide range of needs and I see children, adolescents, adults and seniors. I am bilingual and also offer sessions in Swedish.

Feedback from Recent Workshops

“Thank you Karin, for another lovely Art Therapeutic workshop. Also good to meet everyone that came today” – Rebecca

“Thank you for Monday evening. I found it difficult as I have been in a really defensive place, yet I am glad I came. I learnt a lot. It was especially helpful to see that how I see myself is not how others can see me and to understand what detachment looks like in the drawings. Looking forward to the next one”. – Mandy

“Gave me time to think – not with my head but with my body. I enjoyed the art making, the conversations, people’s generous sharing and Karin’s approach, which seem insightful and knowledabe” – Lee

“Had a great time, very relaxing and enriching. I enjoyed the meditation and mandala drawing. Karin was very professional (she clearly knows her stuff), yet welcoming and friendly” – Claire

“Very good! – always great to use art materials and make images, especially with like minded people. A good introduction to Art Therapy ” – Annette

 “Really enjoyed the session. Great to meet Karin as well as new interesting people. We talked about what the meanings could have meant for us…Would highly recommend. Thank you Karin” – Caroline

“Gave me glimpse into the world of art therapy and gave me an opportunity to meet some warm, lovely people. Everything I was hoping for!” – Gin

“Wonderful experience” – Tu

“I enjoyed this workshop. Had a very calming effect on me. I went home feeling relaxed and refreshed. Very good to get feedback from the others. It was a pleasure to meet everyone” – Amanda

“I felt relaxed. Karin is a good host and I was inspired to try some art therapy at home ” – Maggie