Who we are

The Self Heal Association’s Trustees are:

  • Karen Huckvale, Chair

Karen is a BAAT-registered and Play Therapy accredited supervisor.  She has worked as an art psychotherapist in NHS mental health services and in private practice in Devon.  Karen is a founder member and ex-trustee of Arts & Health South West.


Joe currently works freelance as a Clinical and Community Psychologist. Previously he has managed and professionally led psychology and psychological therapy services for the NHS here in the South West.

  • Lisa Thorne, Treasurer


  • Malcom Learmonth

Malcolm is former Arts & Health lead for the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).  He worked as an art psychotherapist in NHS mental health services and is a registered supervisor and private practitioner.

  • John Slater

John has a BA Fine Art degree, working mainly in sculpture and installations and later printmaking. His work has included community arts and play schemes, an assistant art therapist in a psychiatric hospital and art design and technology teacher for over 24 years with primary and secondary aged children, as well as taking an interest in drama and set design. John has struggled with mental health issues for a number of years and in healing has found great value in art therapy and community creative arts and feels recovery needs to be understood as a creative growing experience in ourselves and importantly with others. He has co-founded and helps run a mutual support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He also campaigns locally and nationally for a better understanding of trauma and abuse in our services.

  • Rose Verney
  • Cat Large


The charity’s administrator and finance co-ordinator is Sarah Holmes who can be contacted at info@selfheal.org.uk