Karissa Patel is a qualified Art Psychotherapist, MA from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Psychology (BA from California State University, Sacramento). She is registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), through which she is a coordinator for the Art Therapy in Education (ATE) special interest group.
As an art therapist, her aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental space where clients can access and tap into the creative process of art making. This process can help a client to reflect upon what has been created and explore its relevance to the clients’ current situations within the boundaries of therapy.
Karissa currently works with Children’s Services for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, where she provides psychotherapy in several primary and secondary schools located in and around London. She has experience in facilitating individual and group therapy, primarily supporting Looked After Children and children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties or who have experienced/witnessed domestic violence, neglect, loss and bereavement.
Her qualifications also include working with the elderly, specifically those suffering from mental health illnesses, such as dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. She has worked within the NHS (CNWL) in inpatient psychiatric wards and has also participated in reminiscent and creative workshops involving the arts with outpatients suffering from dementia (via Westminster Arts).