All our therapists are fully qualified psychotherapists at masters level. As psychotherapists we are able to work in depth and with complex issues and our ability to appreciate and engage with the arts in our work makes the process feel more contained, increadibly creative and sometimes even playful!
Karen Stallard is lead therapist and founder of Feeling Found.
Trained initially in performing arts and starting life as an actress, Karen has always been fascinated with the arts and how they can communicate things in such powerful and emotive ways.
Karen then went on to train as a church minister and has worked in the church context for over 20 years, she is currently the minister of Union Chapel Congregational Church in Islington. As part of ministerial duties Karen spent over seven years working as a Spiritual Care Coordinator for the East London and the City Mental Health Trust where she gained extensive experience of working with people suffering from severe and enduring mental health issues. She founded ‘The Geoff Ashcroft Community’ in Tower Hamlet’s which supports people suffering with Mental Health issues within the community.
Karen then went on to train as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education where she gained an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy.
Karen leans towards more philosophical approaches in her practice, the unknown or unconscious being of great interest to her along with existential thinking about human existence and it’s meaning. Her life long interest in belief systems and spirituality also underpins her practice; Jungian concepts of the collective unconscious informs her exploration of the inter-connection between individuals and groups. The transpersonal relationship is an important goal for Karen as a therapist, the reality of death is constant and it is her belief that fear of death can be combatted with transpersonal experiences.
Over the years Karen has been involved at board level with a number charities: Crossroads Counselling Service, Margins Homelessness project, Union Chapel Project. She is also part of a steering groups which runs the bi-annual conference; ‘Continuing the Journey.’
As a fully qualified integrative arts psychotherapist Karen is keen to use all her skills acquired over the years to help individuals and groups journey towards good spiritual and mental health by using the arts and the tools of psychotherapy.
Summary of Expertise
- Can work with severe and enduring mental health issues
- Can work with long term depression and general anxiety disorders
- Can work with spiritual and religious crisis
- Can work with sexual and physical abuse
- Can work with self harm
- Can work with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
- Can work with suicidal thoughts
- Can work with gender and sexual identity issues
BA Hons – Performing Arts
Diploma – Theology
MA – Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
HCPC registered and a member of BACP and BAAT