Hi! I'm Karolina.
I am a UKCP-registered integrative psychotherapist, a somatic practitioner, and creative arts therapist.
I am passionate about helping people improve their emotional health, so they can thrive and find joy in life.
I specialise in working with creative, highly sensitive and gifted individuals to help them find lasting relief from anxiety, low mood and overwhelm, especially when rooted in early-life trauma.
I grew up near lakes and forests in Scandinavia. I was a sensitive child who cared deeply about animals, loved reading, and taught myself to play the piano.
I have lived abroad for half of my life! In my twenties, I lived in France and Germany for a couple of years before coming to the UK, where I now have my home with my husband.
I believe that therapy is a truly life-affirming experience that everyone can benefit from.
I had therapy myself during my training, and this was an important part of my personal development and deeper healing journey.
In my private practice I draw on my own lived experience, as well as my 12 years of specialist training in psychology and psychotherapy.
I am also a qualified teacher, and I have a wealth of experience working with children and young people aged 4-19, and their parents and carers.
Before starting in private practice, I have worked at Mind UK with adults aged 25-69+ and at Terrence Higgins Trust Youth Counselling project for young people aged 16-25.
MA and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, 5 years
Regent's University London
I am trained and qualified in psychotherapy using psychodynamic and humanistic-existential modalities.
My dissertation topic (Dist.) was a heuristic investigation into shame: "What is the Experience of Using the Therapeutic Space to Reflect on One’s Life Story in the Light of Gaining an Understanding of Shame?"
BSc Hons Psychology, 3 years
Middlesex University, London
Research-based, academic and scientific courses, as well as my additional choices of modules including:
- Counselling in Education
- Health and the Individual
Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Arts, 1 year
Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) London
I am qualified to use the 7 therapeutic art forms:
Art and image
Sandplay and Miniature Worlds
Music and Sound
Drama and storytelling
Poetry and journaling
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents, 1 year
Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), London
I am qualified in therapeutic work with young people 13-19 using counselling and creative methods.
Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Work with Children Using the Arts, 1 year
Metropolitan University, London
This professional development training focused on childhood trauma and working therapeutically with children and young people using play and the creative arts.
Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling Skills, 1 year
Regent's University, London
A year-long qualification in therapeutic modalities and skills, a requirement for entry on the MA and Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy.
PGCE Secondary Education (11-18), 1 year
University of North London
I hold Qualified Teacher Status, as well as a DBS for work with children and young people.