Creative Director & Founder
Karen Kirkpatrick is a Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner with over 16 years of experience working with children. She has experience as a Class Teacher and Senior Leader in Inner London Primary Schools. Karen currently works in education as a Behaviour and Wellbeing Consultant to help to improve outcomes for children and young people who have difficulty accessing the curriculum due to emotional or behavioural difficulties.
Karen created Heartfelt Teaching as she is passionate about sharing important knowledge and practical skills which support and enable children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Karen works therapeutically and uses a multidisciplinary approach to engage children and adults in relational dialogue. She promotes and values reflective practice to increase awareness and reflection, highlighting the importance of emotional regulation to improve cognitive development, concentration and self-esteem.
Karen has completed studies in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts, Therapeutic Communications Skills for Children and Young People and Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice for Children and Young People which has informed the development of her approach to working within schools. This is informed by theoretical frameworks and key concepts from Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Self-Psychology, Neurobiology, Trauma and Attachment.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (London Metropolitan University)
Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts (The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education/UEL)
Undergraduate Associate Certificate in Therapeutic Communication Skills for Working with Children and Young People (The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education/UEL)
Diploma in Wellbeing Practice for Children and Young People (The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education/UEL)