Mental health nurse and Art Psychotherapist
Angela Bagum (NMC & HCPC Reg) qualified as a nurse twenty years ago, having originally studied at art college. Throughout the years, Angela has maintained her art practice and combined her experiences of art and mental health by training as an art psychotherapist.
Angela is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and works as an organisational consultant with Tavistock Consulting — supporting organisations through a ‘whole systems’ approach to organisational wellbeing. She has worked with the Lighthouse multi-agency service, supporting children and young people in their experience of sexual abuse and exploitation, in Camden.
She also co-developed the ‘Working towards wellbeing’ course bundle, partly as a recognition of the fact that we have experienced a collective trauma in the Covid-19 pandemic. Angela says that “the courses aim to bring together mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy ideas and narrative applications, introducing these to our everyday lives at home and to our agile working approaches. We hope that knowing ‘it’s ok to not be ok’ will provide the motivation to notice oneself and allow space for a mindful tea break, for example, when it’s most needed”.