Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services

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Art Therapy for Children and Teenagers, Parents, Carers and Professionals.

Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services offers Art Therapy, and psychodynamic interventions to children and teenagers, parents and carers as well as professionals working with families. Our passion is supporting positive mental health and emotional well-being in children and young people.

If you are worried about your son or daughter; perhaps they are showing persistent signs of anxiety, worry, low self-esteem or low mood; are having difficulty within their relationships, or have experienced trauma in their lives; Art therapy can provide a way of expressing distress when words cannot be found.

We also offer training relating to emotional well-being and mental health issues as well as clinical supervision for professionals working in education, health, social care or the voluntary sector.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Sawyer
Contact Position
Principal Art Therapist
Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services

Where to go

Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services
HP23 4ET
Venue Notes

Available in private consulting rooms in Tring, West Hertfordshire with good transport links, accessible to South Buckinghamshire. See website for more details.

Geographic Area Covered
South Buckinghamshire and West Hertfordshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Weekday and Evening Appointments by arrangement
Time of day
Session Information
Flexible Appointment Times Available

Other Details

Cost Description

Assessment session fees are £67 each. Individual art therapy session fees are £57 per session. Fees for group work, staff support and consultations and training workshops are available on request.

Age Ranges
Offering Art Therapy to children
teens and adults; therapeutic support to parents
carers and professionals working with children and adolescents

Local Offer


Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services provide support to pupils and staff in line with the special educational needs code of practice.  Art therapy can support pupils to develop better social relationships and improve their emotional needs. Improvements can be noted in areas of communication and interaction, both within small groups and the wider school context encouraging full participation in school life.

Unlike other therapies, art therapy is not dependant on spoken language. It can be of benefit to anyone who finds it difficult to express themselves. Offering a space to find an alternative way of communicating can allow pupils the opportunity to find focus, distractions can be reduced and attention improved.

Support for staff is tailored to the needs of an individual school environment and can include advice, consultations and support to professionals working with children and young people. Offering a collaborative approach which focuses on problem solving, exploring relationships with pupils that they may struggle with, perhaps which stir up powerful feelings, raising awareness of mental health and emotional well-being in children and young people including whole school or staff group training.

Contact Name
Karen Sawyer
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
25 plus
19 to 25
2 to 4
All ages
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
Needs Level
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)
You Said We Did

Feedback from parent of a 9 year old who attended art therapy

We were treated as a ‘whole’ family with regular parent-only meetings, individual parent meetings, family meetings and weekly meetings for our child. We felt that the approach was very thorough and consequently the whole family has benefited, not just our child.

The ‘door was always open’ if any extra meetings were required – as a Mum, I found this very reassuring and helpful, in fact when we started out on the process I wasn’t expecting the service to offer me personally as much help as it did. Karen provided us all with the chance to make sense of what was going on in terms of behaviours and family dynamics, plus the space and time in which to think and talk about it all. She gave all of us individual and family strategies to help us cope with challenging situations and even though we are not currently meeting with her, these ‘emotional tools’ will always be of use to us all. We would highly recommend Karen Sawyer Art Therapy Services.

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

With years of experience of working in child and adolescent mental health services and educational settings, we understand the complexity inherent with children and young people with additional needs. Collaborations and partnership working between professionals and families can increase the opportunities for improvement in many areas.

Whilst it can be common for children and young people to feel stressed, angry, anxious or down from time to time, having additional needs can increase the complexity of emotional difficulties. For people with additional needs, making sense of their experiences from their own perspective, can be challenging. Sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming and result in changes in behaviour. 

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We can focus on improving emotional well being and emotional expression in order to improve experiences in social situations. Through increased understanding of their own emotions and well being, children and young people can attend to their learning needs and relationships.

How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

An initial consultation would be arranged with parents/carers and the child. During this meeting we can explore in detail the difficulties, then we can decide the best way forward. Sometimes it may be necessary to meet parents alone, as a family or with the child or young person. If individual art therapy sessions are indicated for a child or young person, these are for 50 minutes, usually on a weekly basis initially.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?

We aim to meet the needs of any families who wish to use our service and are constantly seeking ways in which we can improve our accessibility.

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

Via telephone, email, face to face and letters.

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

We have extensive experience in mental health needs and maintain continuous professional development in areas of neuro-diversity and learning needs.

What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision, for example, training, facilities?

We are devising training packages for local education staff to increase understanding of mental health needs and to promote early detection and prompt referral for early interventions.

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