Katrina Millhagen

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Art Psychotherapist, MBACP (Senior Accred.) Supervisor
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Musselburgh, EH21
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

About me & when I qualified

I offer sessions in psychodynamic psychotherapy and art psychotherapy, online, in both English and German. I am available five days a week for sessions at a time of your choosing.  Please approach me with times that may best work for you.

I offer a free introductory online or telephone session. Concessions are available for students and trainee counsellors (£55.00 per session).  

I am registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) and BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists). After qualifying as a senior psychotherapist, supervisor (MBACP) & art psychotherapist, I practiced for 35 years. I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy in 1986 and an MA in Art Psychotherapy in 1992.

What is my approach

In my years as an art therapist, I have worked in mainstream school settings with challenged adolescents and with adults in the community with learning impairments.  For ten years I was part of a NHS multi-professional Adult Community Mental Health Team. Subsequently I spent twenty years in Higher Education art psychotherapy training with MSc students and several years in a clinic for psychosomatic illness, conducting art psychotherapy sessions with adults. Over this entire period, I also offered private practice and supervision consultancy work. I have worked with a variety of issues ranging from anger management, anxiety, bereavement, burn out, chronic fatigue syndrome, cultural issues, depression, eating disorders, health related issues, life coaching, loss, psychosomatic illnesses, redundancy, relationships, self-esteem and stress (including work related contexts).

My practice of creative art psychotherapy involves psychodynamic and relational work and an eclectic, existential and Integrative approach. I work with adults, older people and trainees. My experience in different settings and with a great diversity of people has prompted and inspired me to undertake further learning about a great variety of therapeutic approaches. Both my approach to my work and my therapeutic stance have broadened considerably over the years, helping me to focus on the most effective ways of therapeutically encouraging and supporting each individual's strengths. I find post-Jungians of much interest.  An example of my published work appears in Franzen, Hampe, Wigger (Hg.) , 2020 Zur Psychodynamik kreativen Gestaltens. Künstlerische Therapien in klinischen und psycho-sozialen Arbeitsfeldern (K Alber Verlag Freiburg/München)., Chapter by K Millhagen: Accompanying clients in psychodynamic art psychotherapy through a non-dual stance.

The length of time I would offer sessions online work in a quiet and uninterrupted space is one hour. For those who wish to engage with painting, drawing, clay etc. this can take place online if you have some art materials to hand. Artwork can also be carried on outside of sessions and then be brought in for joint exploration.  Images from our dreams and life experiences often appear in the artwork.  No artistic skills are required, just a wish to engage. A brief series of four to six sessions could be useful if you feel that your self-confidence has been knocked and you would like an external figure to assist you in refocusing your strength. Short-term work designed to address a specific problem could involve ten to sixteen sessions. Longer term work may be necessary in order to address more deep-rooted areas that require time for exploration. This process could last a year or longer. These conditions may also apply to trainee therapists that are on a Master’s or Higher Education programme.

Our first session provides an opportunity to meet up and get a sense of each other.  It is a time to explore what has led you to seek therapy and to begin to look at events that stand out for you and that may have impacted on you. You will be becoming part of a process that may need to unfold gradually but which can assist you in understanding more fully how significant experiences in your life and in those of your family, friends, colleagues may have affected you. The session involves a joint exploration of ways in which to best assist you. Undertaking therapy is a considerable commitment in terms of emotion, energy, time and money.  So, this first session is an important opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have to get a sense of how I work, so that together we can decide if my therapeutic approach will be helpful to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) and BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists). After qualifying as a senior psychotherapist, supervisor (MBACP) & art psychotherapist, I practiced for 35 years. I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy in 1986 and an MA in Art Psychotherapy in 1992.

I offer online work in a quiet and uninterrupted space. For those who wish to engage with painting, drawing, clay etc. this can take place online if you have some art materials to hand. Art work can also be carried out outside of sessions and then be brought in for joint exploration.  Images from our dreams and life experiences often appear in the artwork.  No artistic skills are required, just a wish to engage.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The importance that art psychotherapy can provide, is a non-verbal medium through which to address emotions, that are not yet clear or cannot initially be easily or verbally explored.

Fees

Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The first session is an opportunity to meet and get a sense of each other.  It is a time to explore what has led you to seek therapy and to begin to look at events that stand out that may have impacted on you. It is a process that may need to unfold gradually and then can lead to an understanding more fully of how events in your life, family, work, relationships and any significant experiences may have affected you. This includes some questions from me and joint exploration in order to begin to gain some understanding about you and how best to assist you.

Undertaking therapy is a considerable commitment in terms of emotion, energy, time and money.  So, this first session is an important opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have to get a sense of me and how I work, so that together we can decide if I and my therapeutic approach will be helpful.

Fees for Trainees  55.00 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer flexibility where possible

Further information

I have worked with a variety of issues ranging from anger management, anxiety, bereavement, burn out, chronic fatigue syndrome, cultural issues, depression, eating disorders, health related issues,  life coaching, loss, psychosomatic illnesses, redundancy, relationships, self-esteem and stress (including  work related contexts).

My practice of creative art psychotherapy involves psychodynamic and relational work and an eclectic, existential and Integrative approach. I work with adults, older people and trainees. My experience in different settings and with a great diversity of people has prompted and inspired me to undertake further learning about a great variety of therapeutic approaches. Both my approach to my work and my therapeutic stance have broadened considerably over the years, helping me to focus on the most effective ways of therapeutically encouraging and supporting each individual's strengths. I find post-Jungians of much interest.  An example of my published work appears in Franzen, Hampe, Wigger (Hg.) , 2020 Zur Psychodynamik kreativen Gestaltens. Künstlerische Therapien in klinischen und psycho-sozialen Arbeitsfeldern (K Alber Verlag Freiburg/München)., Chapter by K Millhagen: Accompanying clients in psychodynamic art psychotherapy through a non-dual stance.

I offer online work in a quiet and uninterrupted space. For those who wish to engage with painting, drawing, clay etc. this can take place online if you have some art materials to hand. Artwork can also be carried out outside of sessions and then be brought in for joint exploration.  Images from our dreams and life experiences often appear in the artwork.  No artistic skills are required, just a wish to engage.

The length of time I would need to work with you depends on the nature of the issues we are dealing with. A brief series of four to six sessions could be useful if you feel that your self-confidence has been knocked and you would like an external figure to assist you in refocusing your strength. Short-term work designed to address a specific problem could involve ten to sixteen sessions. Longer term work may be necessary in order to address more deep-rooted areas that require time for exploration. This process could last a year or longer. These conditions may also apply to trainee therapists that are on a Master’s or Higher Education programme.

Our first session provides an opportunity to meet up and get a sense of each other.  It is a time to explore what has led you to seek therapy and to begin to look at events that stand out for you and  that may have impacted on you. You will be becoming part of a process that may need to unfold gradually but which can assist you in understanding more fully how significant experiences in your life and in those of your family, friends, colleagues may have affected you. The session involves us in a joint exploration of ways in which we can best assist you. Undertaking therapy is a considerable commitment in terms of emotion, energy, time and money.  So, this first session is an important opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have to get a sense of how I work, so that together we can decide if my therapeutic approach will be helpful to you.

Musselburgh, EH21

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

Please contact me by email and I will get back to you as soon as is possible. I offer flexibility with appointment times and we can agree on a suitable time to meet.

Additional languages

German

English & German

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online

My aim is to support you in order to help endorse, enrich and sustain good practice. Supervised individuals in different settings and groups.

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