Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships

  • MA Art Therapy
  • Cert Counselling
  • Dip Education
  • Dip Art and Design
  • ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association)
  • Member of the BACP

Professional experience

Diana Randall is trained in counselling, art psychotherapy and drama therapy. Her specialist areas include mindfulness, meditation and the use of art for self-awareness. Her emphasis is on a compassion-focused psychodynamic approach with cognitive and behavioural elements.

Diana has worked at Nightingale Hospital for over 18 years running support groups, facilitating CBT and interpersonal therapy groups (IPT), and working on the addictions and eating disorders programmes. She also conducts one-to-one sessions with patients and is familiar with working with psychosis.

In addition, Diana worked as a counsellor, teacher and art therapist in the Education Services in Manchester and London, as well as the Prison Service in Perth in Australia. She has extensive experience of working with children and adolescents as well as their families.

She also ran a successful art therapy programme in schools in the borough of Wandsworth, mainly working with primary age group pupils. She also worked in the field of business as an outplacement counsellor.

Personal statement

Diana’s particular interest is in compassion-focused therapy. She has practised Buddhist meditation for more than 30 years and taught it for six years in London. The basic principles of that philosophy colour her approach to therapeutic work. Her aim is to facilitate recovery to health, happiness, equanimity and wellbeing.

Using art, Diana hopes to stimulate right-brain activity in order to enhance the imagination, empowering patients to get the most from life and to see problems from a different perspective. She also uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to give a wide range of cognitive tools for identifying core issues and working towards practical solutions.

Additional information about research, publications and interests