All therapists connected to Feeling Found are fully qualified and educated to Masters level. They are able to work in depth and with complex issues and have the ability to appreciate and engage with the arts in their work making the process feel contained, creative and sometimes even playful!
Karen Stallard is the 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. 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 Hamlets which supports people suffering with mental health issues within the community. Karen went on to spend 8 years in post as minister at Union Chapel Islington
Whilst in post at Union Chapel Karen trained 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 more towards philosophical approaches in her practice, the unknown or unconscious being of great interest to her along with existential thinking about human existence and its meaning. Her lifelong interest in belief systems and spirituality also underpins her practice. The Jungian concept 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 the fear of death can be relieved through 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 the steering groups which runs the bi-annual conference; ‘Continuing the Journey.’
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