Dr Katya Langmuur originally trained as a professional opera singer in London, first at the Guildhall School of Music and then at the Royal Academy of Music. At the same time, she started working as a university lecturer from the age of 21. In the more than twenty years since, she has been involved in the practice and teaching of a number of the therapeutic and creative arts. This included teaching for the renowned Academy of Natural Health, running professional diploma trainings on their behalf for many years and then serving as Principal Tutor and Company Director from 2006 to 2008.
From 2001 to May 2017, Katya worked in a public health capacity, specializing in HIV+ and immunity care. With a genuine passion for crafting therapeutic care programs tailored to meet individual patient requirements, she ran popular weekly palliative care clinics and related groups at a west London HIV+ centre, as well as at Ealing Hospital. Over the years, she has became known for further specialisms in complex chronic care management, HIV-related oncology and in gentle dying practices and preparation.
Parallel to her practical interests in psychological traction and human transitions, for nearly twenty years Katya has also been engaged in the academic study of human behavioural development and motivation. Following a Masters Degree in the Study of Mysticism and Religious Experience, awarded with distinction from the University of Kent (2003), she completed a PhD focussing on the nature of spiritual leadership and charismatic impact at the same university (2010). As part of this, she researched how socio-ethical and religious considerations become embedded within groups with particular interest in the mechanics and dynamics of collective memory and agenda. She has since lectured in ethics and socio-religious and philosophical traditions at academic institutions within the UK including the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.
More recently, Katya has created and run professional trainings and individual coaching programmes for government departments and well-known companies both across the UK and now internationally. She has particular interests in ethics and behavioural economics, leadership development, fostering resilience, positive communication, negotiation skills and working with change and conflict in all its forms. As well as working independently in this field, she is a senior trainer for Mind Gym, and has additional professional connections with Impact Factory and City Academy.