Karen Wilson


Central, North and North West London, Hertfordshire


Specialises in:
– Children and young people
– Education and schools
– Cancer care/Palliative care
– Bereavement and loss
– Dementia


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Personal Statement

Karen Wilson, MA
Art Therapist


Karen has a MA in art therapy, she is HCPC registered and a full member of The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She works with individuals, parent and child pairs and groups in the North London area.


Areas of specialisation
Karen is passionate about helping children and young people. In her work for a bereavement charity she supports children of all ages who have suffered the loss of a parent. In her freelance work in schools Karen supports children with a wide range of difficulties and diagnoses such as: ADHD; anxiety and depression; autism; bullying; disordered attachment; emotional regulation; family breakdown; and support for adopted and looked after children. Karen has worked for CAMHS and also has experience in liaising with parents, carers, teachers and other professionals to achieve the best outcome for the child.


While Karen’s primary work is with children and young people, she also enjoys working with adults. She is experienced in working with clients with time-limited or progressive illness in a hospice setting and with adults living with dementia in care homes.


Therapeutic approach
Karen’s therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, but she is influenced too by person-centred and existential psychology. She likes to create a warm, playful, calm and safe environment for her clients to gain understanding into their difficulties. Karen has a specialist interest in working with children and adults who find it difficult to verbalise their emotions. She is skilled in attuning to her clients non-verbal communication and building trust and rapport. Karen believes the use of art materials in therapy is hugely beneficial. She can help clients who believe that they are not good at art, to gently access their own creativity and build confidence in using art to express themselves. The art works can then become a talking point for the client to explore their innermost feelings. 


Creative projects
In addition to her therapeutic practice Karen is engaged in her own creative projects. A former graphic designer Karen has traded in her computer and is in the messy process of improving her painting and illustration. She hopes to one day publish a series of illustrated children’s poems to help children understand their emotions.


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