Diana Kagiafa

Diana Kagiafa

Program Convener

Personal profile


Diana Kayafa is an HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist (MA, University of Hertfordshire) and Clinical Supervisor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative & Transpersonal Supervision (Psychosynthesis Trust) and an academic background in Psychology. Diana is also a Full Member of the Greek Developing Group for the International Association of Analytical Psychology.


Diana joined the MA Art Psychotherapy team at Roehampton in September 2021 in the role of the Program Convener. Prior to that, she had been part of the teaching staff on the MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmith’s university (2013-2021). Diana teaches as a Guest Lecturer at the Society for Analytical Psychology (SAP) and the universities of Hertfordshire, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Edgehill, as well as internationally, such as at the Art & Psychotherapy Centre in Athens. Diana holds a key role in the birth of the first accredited Master's training course in Athens in 2021 (ICPS College for Humanistic Studies). Since 2013 she holds a partner role with HCPC as an Assessor.


Since qualifying as an art psychotherapist in 2008, she has organised and contributed to numerous local and international conferences and seminars, promoting the profession and ethical clinical and academic standards. She has published in the theme of academic and professional standards for arts therapists in Europe, as well as in the theme of the practice of artistic inquiry in the arts therapies.


Diana’s clinical expertise lies mainly in palliative care and bereavement while she has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults in mental health, mainstream and special needs education.


Diana maintains a private practice for supervision and art psychotherapy where the cultivation of the conditions for creativity and humanness are key to the work.



  • Kagiafa, D., Karkou, V. and Tsiris, G. (2020). Education and Professional Recognition for Arts Therapists: a European perspective. In: Giotis, L. et.al (eds). The Contribution of the Arts Psychotherapies in Psychiatric Treatment.  Athens: Beta Medical Publishers Ltd.
  • Karkou, V., Tsiris G.& Kayafa, D. (2017). Training and Professionalisation in the Arts Therapies: Some examples and perspectives from Europe. ATOL: Art Therapy Online, vol.8, no.1. Available at: https://journals.gold.ac.uk/index.php/atol/article/view/432
  • Kayafa, D. (2016). Book review: Art Therapy with Physical Conditions. ATOL: Art Therapy Online, vol.7, no.1. Available at: http://ojs.gold.ac.uk/index.php/atol
  • Karkou, V., Tsiris G.& Kagiafa, D. et al. (2016) . The “CATI” team: Experiences and Reflections regarding the Co-action of  Arts Therapists. Approaches, Music Therapy & Special Music Education. [Online]. Special Issue 8 (1) (In Greek).  Available at: http://approaches.gr/athanasiadou-a20160416/


  • 2018, May: “Our Stories”, Royal Trinity Hospice. A showcase of artwork and creative writing by patients, family members, friends and members of staff, as part of Dying Matters Week.
  • 2015, June: ‘Festival of the Unconscious – The Unconscious Revisited’, 24 June – 4 October, Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX. ‘someunconsciousthings’ collaborative work: Brown, C., Catchpole, K., Cavaliero, A., Kagiafa, D., Martyn, J., Morris, L., Rimmer, L., Rudnik, S., Skaife, S., Tipple, R., Velada, D. & Westwood, J. http://www.freud.org.uk/exhibitions/75927/the-unconscious-revisited-at-the-freud-museum/

Education/Academic qualification

Art Psychotherapy, MA, Art Psychotherapist, University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 20 Jun 2008

Psychology, Diploma in Psychology

Award Date: 20 Jun 2003