I created Artling in 2008 and my experience encompasses a range of work, including work with children and adolescents in conjunction with their families, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, traveler communities and elderly psychiatry.
Supervision that oversees my work is provided by supervisors who are registered with the British Association of Art therapists.
Katya Sommer – Art Therapist & Director
I qualified as an Art Therapist (MA) in 2008 from Goldsmiths University in London. I moved to Sheffield in 2012 where I took on the role of honorary Regional Co-ordinator for The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) jointly with Alexa Molyneux.
I am currently working as an Art Therapist in a pupil referral unit in Bradford. Aside from this work I am available for sessional work in schools or in private practice.
I previously worked at The Place2be in London as an Assistant Transition Project Manager where I worked to improve the emotional well being of children up to the age of 13. As well as providing clinical work I was being trained to oversee and manage the service. This involved supervising six volunteer counsellors. I also worked as the resident Art Therapist at a mainstream secondary school in London, where I saw pupils from Years 7 to 11 for art therapy sessions. I have also worked at a Special School for boys who have been excluded from mainstream education as an Art Therapist, where I gained valuable experience of working with pupils on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD and Oppositional Conduct Disorder.
Prior to becoming an Art Therapist, I trained in an NHS setting for in elderly long-term psychiatry and drug and alcohol rehabilitation where I ran groups for adults.