Integrative Arts Psychotherapist
My name is Kat Hudson, and I am a BACP and HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist working at HQ Therapy Rooms in Hackney, London E8. I work to the ethics and codes of conduct of these organisations, and am supported by UKCP and HCPC registered supervisors.
I have 4 years experience of working in adult mental health, specialising in addictions, trauma, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. I have also worked with psychosis and perinatal mental health, but focus primarily on building more satisfying relationships and challenging dissatisfying beliefs and behavioural patterns. I believe that everyone’s difficulties are unique to their individual story, therefore I prioritise their personal narrative.
As well as working privately, I have worked for charities and the NHS (in Secondary Care), with adults from diverse backgrounds. I also work for a charity that supports young women who are recovering from addictions.
- MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy – Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
- PG Certificate in The Therapeutic Arts – Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
- BA (Hons) Degree in Embroidery (Textiles) – Manchester Metropolitan University
I integrate different psychological viewpoints so that I can respond openly to your needs. I work alongside you at your pace, and do not direct you but remain curious about what comes up in the moment so that you can discover your own path and explore your potential. I am inspired by attachment theory, object relations theory, transactional analysis and Gestalt, but the therapeutic relationship is of most significance, offering an empathic, non-judgmental space for you to explore what is troubling you.
Art can be used to explore and communicate your feelings. You do not have to use it but it can be especially helpful when this feels difficult through words. Art connects with the less familiar ‘parts’ of ourselves, which can lead to a greater understanding of our circumstances and reunite us with our resources. We might have discarded these parts when previous circumstances didn’t accommodate them, but expressing them creatively can challenge the coping behaviours in their place that no longer serve us. This helps us to become ‘more ourselves’ and contributes towards new and rewarding ways of relating and functioning.
Art can also separate us from difficult feelings by holding them on our behalf. It can therefore feel safer and cathartic to communicate them in this way, and in observing them from a distance, we can feel clearer about the changes we need to make. (The art forms I work with are listed on my website’s ‘About’ page.)
Ultimately, art therapy is about the process, and not technical skill! It is about authentically communicating what’s going on for you internally, so that you can accept your feelings and circumstances in a manageable way, and more helpfully navigate your way through life.
I charge £65 for 50-minute sessions and one-hour assessment sessions, and I offer concessions to students or those on low incomes.
I offer a free, 20-minute, initial consultation (via zoom or telephone)