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Karen Stevenson
Integrative Arts Psychotherapist
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Karen Stevenson joined Priory as a sessional therapist in April 2022 and offers either face-to-face sessions at Priory Hospital Roehampton or online sessions, if preferred.

She is governed by the professional standards, ethical frameworks and guidelines of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC No. AS017530) and is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Karen can provide both in-depth long term therapy and shorter term solution-focused interventions. She has experience of working with a broad client base – from people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or addiction to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and in the past, has developed and delivered art workshops to clients at a substance misuse service.

Alongside her work for Priory, she runs her own private practice, offering counselling, psychotherapy and art psychotherapy to adults aged 18 and over.


Karen graduated from the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education in July 2021 with a Master of Arts postgraduate degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy for Adults. During this, she completed a counselling placement at a community counselling service and two placements within the NHS – a substance misuse service in London and an evening service for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She set up her own private practice in her final year.

Her work as a psychotherapist also draws on skills gained from the many creative pursuits she has been involved with over the years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting. She is a qualified teacher of secondary age children, with a PGCE in drama, and has worked with teenagers with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has also been a co-director and actor with a small-scale theatre company. 


I am a qualified integrative arts psychotherapist, which means that, as well as being trained in all the relevant theories used in ‘talking therapy’, I can also use the arts and metaphor within my practice.

I work in a strongly relational way, adapting my approach to suit the specific needs of the individual, offering a consistent relationship where other relationships may be or have been neglectful, absent or abusive, and aiming to be a ‘supportive other’ rather than the ‘expert’ who knows best.

Whatever has happened in a person’s life, I believe everyone has the potential for growth and personal transformation and aim to facilitate change by helping to bring limited self-beliefs into awareness in order to challenge them, consider how these might be affecting present experience and illuminate possibilities for choice.

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  • Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Painting degree
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  • Master of Arts in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Adults) postgraduate degree
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Drama)
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