Katy Cotterell

Art Psychotherapist


Katy Cotterell

I am a qualified HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). My practice is underpinned by the principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy, integrating a dynamic, person centred and trauma-informed approach. I am a reflective and highly empathic practitioner and understand the fundamental importance of congruent and boundaried communication both as an art psychotherapist and as an active and effective communicator within wider networks and multidisciplinary teams. As part of this I take an active stance in my own continued professional development including regularly attending CPD events and peer supervision alongside weekly supervision as part of ethical, effective and safe practice.

My previous training and work as an art therapist has included working with adults in acute and community settings. However, I am particularly passionate about promoting a culture of early invention and holding space for emotional literacy as part of supporting child and adolescent development. I work in primary and secondary schools providing 1-2-1 weekly psychotherapy sessions with children and adolescents working primarily with emerging themes within sessions. These are explored through art making, play, performance and writing and can support containment alongside the setting and the therapeutic relationship itself. I often work with school teams and primary caregivers to support thinking around clients and families. I have gained experience in working therapeutically with children and young people with complex difficulties including attachment difficulties, behaviour challenges, ADHD and Autism.


MA Art Psychotherapy (Merit), BA in Fine Art

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