Katya Sommer, Founder
Katya qualified as an Art Therapist in 2008 from Goldsmiths University, London. Having moved to Sheffield in 2012 she took on the role of honorary Regional Co-ordinator for The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) with Alexa Molyneux. .
Katya currently works as an Art Therapist at Bradford District Pupil Referral Unit where she works with 13-16 year olds excluded from mainstream education. Alongside this work, she offers sessional work in schools, is an associate for the charity Art Therapy Yorkshire (http://www.arttherapyyorkshire.org.uk/) who are on the Approved providers List and has a small private practice.
Her previous experience includes:
Running an art therapy group for Syrian refugees in Scarborough
Short-term sessional work for adopted families via the Adoption Service Fund
Short-term sessional work at Royston St John the Baptist Primary School in Barnsley
Assistant Transition Project Manager at The Bridge Academy under The Place2be, London where her work supported the improvement of emotional well-being for children up to the age of 13. As well as providing clinical work, Katya was trained to oversee and manage the service, which involved supervising six volunteer counsellors.
Resident Art Therapist at a La Sainte Union Catholic School, Highgate in London, delivering art therapy sessions for pupils from Years 7 to 11.
Art Therapist at Wishmore Cross Academy, Woking where students have been excluded from mainstream education.
Prior to becoming an Art Therapist, Katya trained in an NHS setting, in elderly long-term psychiatry and drug and alcohol rehabilitation, running group sessions for adults.