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Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services

Welcome!

If you’ve got as far as this webpage, you may be searching for ways to help your son, daughter or yourself. Alternatively you may be a professional or trainee therapist seeking support for your clinical work or looking for personal therapy.

I’m Karen Sawyer, the founder and Principal Art Psychotherapist at Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services. I specialise in working with children, young people and with concerned parents and carers. The range of issues I work with is wide, covering problems of mood, behaviour, self-image, historical traumas, transitions and changes in life circumstances

Have you ever known your child to struggle with worries, concerns, sadness or anger? Their first response to stress is usually to act on their feelings. They may not be able to put into words what is troubling them or even say why.

You may notice warning signs e.g. a change in behaviour or personality, often leading to challenges that make family life, school or socialising difficult. Stress can result in feeling uncertain, lost or stuck.

In Art Therapy we focus on experiences and feelings, expressed through art making within a consistent therapeutic relationship, with the aim of making sense of it together. Through our work you will begin to see improvements in many areas including behaviour, reduction in impulsivity, increased focus and concentration and reduction in anxiety. Art Therapy can have a positive impact, not only on the young person, but on their families, friendships and educational attainment. With parents and carers, sessions also offer a space to reflect, to consider how to support your children’s emotional development and become confident parents.

I have extensive experience and training in child development and mental health. I work with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, with those on the autistic spectrum or with subtle neuro-developmental difficulties.

Where We Can Help

Some of the diagnosed conditions and areas of difficulties which Karen Sawyer works with in Art Therapy:

Parent Carer

Mood
Mood
anxiety, low mood, erratic moods, depression, anger, sadness, confusion
Behaviours
Behaviours
eating disorders, disruptive, withdrawn, lack of concentration and motivation, self harm, suicidal thoughts
Self-Image
Self-Image
low self esteem, feeling worthless, identity, sexuality
Historical Traumas
Historical Traumas
experiences in relationships such as domestic violence
emotional, sexual or physical abuse, neglect
bullying
Communication
Communication
social communication difficulties associated with autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger's syndrome and autism
Changes In Life Circumstances
Changes In Life Circumstances
redundancy, new jobs, change of career, becoming a parent, new schools, breakdown of relationships, divorce, separation

Children And Young People

Post Trauma
Post Trauma
persistent frightening thoughts, preoccupied with danger, nightmares, agitation, social withdrawal, worry for others
Self Harm
Self Harm
injuring yourself in order to change the way you feel or cope with a difficult situation, feeling isolated, lonely, withdrawn, low mood
Bullying
Bullying
isolated, worthless, lonely, anxious, angry, lacking confidence, lashing out at others
School Difficulties
School Difficulties
reluctance, lacking motivation, finding schoolwork difficult, problems concentrating in class, friendship trouble
Friendship Difficulties
Friendship Difficulties
frequent arguments, feeling lonely, isolated, nobody cares, misunderstood, can’t keep friendships, lack of confidence, uncertain
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
communicating your thoughts, understanding your emotions, misunderstanding other people, feeling misunderstood, needing routine

Karen Sawyer

Psychotherapist located in Tring, UK
I trained as an Art Psychotherapist at Hertfordshire University having previously completed a BA Hons in Media and Design. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Training in Art Psychotherapy. I also undertook training in infant observation at the Tavistock, London.
At Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services we take our data handling and storage seriously and our ‘Privacy Policy’ sets out how we handle your personal data securely and in accordance with your rights. We have always adhered to codes of confidentiality set by our professional and supervising bodies (BAAT and HCPC). We also adhere to legislation upheld by the conditions of our Insurer and current EU data regulations.

Consultations

INDIVIDUALS
INDIVIDUALS

Individual therapy for

Children
Adolescents
Students in therapeutic training

Children, young people or adults who can benefit from art therapy may have a wide range of difficulties, or diagnoses. People experiencing emotional difficulties can find that their focus on school, work, hobbies or relationships can become affected.

PARENTS
PARENTS

Therapeutic consultations with parents and carers

To help you develop an understanding of difficult behaviours which may be unsettling your child or family. Therapeutic consultations can also enable you to consider the most effective way to support you child in order to fulfill their potential.

PROFESSIONALS
PROFESSIONALS

Working with children and young people, clinical supervision, consultations, support and mental health advice to professionals working with children and young people.

I offer:
o Clinical Supervision
o Consultations
o Support
o Mental Health Advice to professionals

Problem solving
Exploring any relationships that they you may struggle with and that may stir up powerful feelings

Raising awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing, and training relating to specific issues.

SMALL GROUPS
SMALL GROUPS

Creative Therapy themed Workshops.

These offer a chance to experience creativity within a small group run by an art therapist on a short term basis. To express your interest in attending a group, please email Karen Sawyer.

Testimonials

  • Thank you so much Karen and thank you for all your help. Your service really helped the child receiving art therapy. The child felt very supported. Individual therapy sessions Primary School Pupil

    Deputy Head , Stone Church of England School, Buckinghamshire
  • Carer stated she would certainly recommend the service to a friend if they needed similar help and felt that Karen Sawyer knew how to help with the problem they were facing. Individual therapy sessions Primary School Pupil

    Carer of 7 year old
  • “Thank you for being the best art therapist ever!!” Individual therapy sessions

    Primary school student
  • “Thank you for all you’ve done for me” Individual Therapy Sessions

    Adolescent
  • Thank you so much for arranging the meeting for yesterday and for all your valuable input. Individual Therapy Sessions

    Carer of an Adolescent Attending Individual therapy sessions
  • I wanted to take the opportunity to say how much we have valued the sessions. Individual Therapy Sessions

    Parent of an Adolescent Attending Individual therapy sessions
  • There was a wonderful abundance of materials available. We felt there was good feedback at the end of the project regarding the progress of the young people. Therapeutic Groupwork with Adolescents

    Youth worker & Manager, Swan Youth Centre, Hertfordshire
  • The facilitator was very knowledgable. The Workshop was very interesting. It was a relaxed environment It was very creative. It was fun and engaging. It was interactive and fun. It felt therapeutic. Stress Busting Workshop for Employees

    Comments from Workshop delegates

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