Jon Martyn

Jon Martyn

London Art Therapy Centre
Pioneer House
46 Britannia Street
Kings Cross

07855 779078

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London Art Therapy Centre
Pioneer House
46 Britannia Street
Kings Cross

07855 779078

About me

I am a state registered Art Psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents.

With nearly a decade of experience as an art psychotherapist I have significant experience working with long-standing emotional difficulties that have stem from loss, abuse and trauma - across cultural, faith and gender differences.

I strive to create a therapeutic environment where you will feel safe to be creative and speak honestly; where difficult feelings, thoughts and experiences can be given room to be shared, felt and understood.  The therapeutic process is a shared endeavour, and I value the insights that emerge within the therapeutic relationship.

I offer a non-directive and human approach to my therapeutic encounters, and have an interest in untying the stigma that is commonly attached to difficult emotional experiences while understanding the sometimes destructive strategies that we develop for coping with distress.  My approach is informed by psychotherapy and am interested in understanding how past experiences affect one’s relationship with the present.

People find me approachable, straight talking and down to earth.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified Art Psychotherapist (MA) registered with HCPC and the British Association of Art Therapists. I have nearly a decade of experience in art psychotherapy, and over eight years experience working in social care.

As well as my private practice at the London Art Therapy Centre, I am a lecturer on the Art Psychotherapy MA at Goldsmiths College and co-founded a Therapeutic Art Studio for refugees - the New Art Studio.

My experience:

  • Issues I have helped with in the past include: anxiety relationship issues, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder/manic depression, family issues, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, gender, PTSD, trauma, anger, suicidal thoughts, self harm, recreational drug use, alcoholism, destructive coping strategies, personality disorders, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, abortion, adoption, miscarriage, child related issues, attachment disorder, stress, borderline personality disorder, Asperger's, autism, learning disability, long term illness, HIV/AIDS, psychosis, schizophrenia, hearing voices.

  • I have experience working with young adults who are marginalised, struggle with their identity, self harm, have destructive behaviour and suicidal thoughts.

  • I have worked on women's group therapy programmes designed for survivors of sexual and emotional abuse, which as a male therapist allowed me to assist participants in making positive connections with men, sometimes for the first time.

  • I have experience in working in NHS outpatient programmes, involving helping isolated and often highly traumatised people move away from destructive coping strategies.

  • I have worked with personality disorder, and realise how stigmatising diagnostic labels can be. I work without bias and aim to create a therapeutic relationship that is honest and human.
  • Prior to training in therapy I worked in social care and have significant experience working with learning disability, autistic spectrum disorders and asperger's.

For my full career history, see my LinkedIn page.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cultural difference

Migration & asylum

Gender and sexuality

Recreational drug use

Non psychiatric approaches

Photos & videos

  • The outsider lectures - 2015
  • Me & My Life - 2010


You can contact me directly and I prefer a conversation over the phone before arranging an initial appointment.

Sessions last 55 minutes and are usually on a weekly basis.

£60 per 55 minute session.
Concessions considered on request

Further information

Why art therapy?

Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, where you will use art making as a way of understanding yourself and your relationship with others.  It does not require any experience of art making & there can be as much talking as art making.  In therapy, art can offer the opportunity to see, feel and sit with experiences and feelings that can be difficult to put into words.

Art therapy can be an immensely powerful experience, by being an outlet for feelings and an aid to self-understanding.  Engaging with creativity can help improve self-esteem, helps to express experiences that are difficult to put into words and can enables one to engage with forgotten memories.

It can be useful to listen to other people’s experiences in therapy, and the British Association of Art Therapists have produced a series of films that give people the chance to talk about their experiences in therapy.

Maps & Directions

Kings Cross, WC1X 9JH

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Thursdays 8am - 10pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a registered supervisor approved by the British Association of Art Therapists & an associate tutor on the MA art psychotherapy programme at Goldsmiths.

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