Catarina Vasconcelos (HCPC - Art Therapist, Psychologist (MA)
Hi there, welcome to my profile.
I am a qualified art psychotherapist and counselling psychologist, offering individual psychotherapy to adults, young people and children. For the last 10 years I have gained significant experience working therapeutically with people from different ages, social and cultural backgrounds, aiming to provide them with a supportive space where they can find relief, create meaning and empower themselves.
I believe that as life happens there are moments of ups and downs. I believe that everyone deserves a holding hand, a smile and a caring gesture. I believe in feeling, reflecting, thinking, expressing and transforming. I believe that "you are not what happened to you; you are what you choose to become" (C. G. Jung).
In my therapy sessions I integrate both my knowledge of Psychology and Art Psychotherapy in order to best support you according to your needs and preferred form of expression.
In order for you to get the most out of therapy, it is important that we develop a collaborative working relationship in which you feel safe and to which you are committed. I offer you a professional therapeutic relationship of trust, empathy and respect, where you can bring issues that concern you and thus make sense of them in order to find inner balance and peace in your life. You can talk about what worries you and/or express yourself in creative ways.
The use of creative mediums in art therapy enables you to communicate and express yourself, which might include feelings or experiences you find hard to put into words. In art therapy, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing (BAAT). It is not an art class and no artistic skills are required.
I offer talking sessions as well. Depending on what you want to achieve, I may suggest particular exercises that may be helpful in allowing you to explore and process something, such as guided visualisations, role-plays, relaxations, and cognitive-behavioural strategies that may benefit you in developing awareness of thinking-feeling-behaving patterns and in changing these to more helpful ones. I’m trained to work with symbols, metaphors and images as manifestations and communications of the unconscious – the layer of the human mind, where attitudes, beliefs and ideologies normally hidden from consciousness, are stored. The exploration of these in therapy may help you find a balance and heal. At times, it may also be important to work with the relational dynamics that emerge between us and to look at the past, in order to help you in your present process. All work is strictly confidential.
I do not see my work as one of fixing people’s problems and I rather facilitate your journey and development through a joint creative process. At all times you are in control and in each session we will work with what is relevant for you at that particular time.
As required by my professional body, I attend regular supervision with a professional clinical supervisor, who holds the confidentiality of all my work.
If you feel that you would like to work with me, I would love to hear from you. I'm one email/phone call away.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Art Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton, London
PgDip in Expressive Techniques and Methodologies in Education, Instituto Superior de Linguas e Administracao, Lisbon, Portugal
MA in Psychology (Clinical and Health Psychology – Nucleus of Cognitive-Behavioural and Integrative Psychotherapies), Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
In parallel to my private practice, I work in the charity sector as a child arts therapist for children affected by domestic abuse and as a group facilitator. Previous work include: therapeutic services of primary schools, community children centres, hospital-based cancer care charity, higher education, supervision and tutoring of in-training child therapists.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Women's issues.
- Identity issues.
- Loss and Abandonment.
- Family issues.
£50-£70 (depending on location and availability)
Concessions offered for
If you would like to find out more about working with me we can arrange a free telephone consultation so that we can see whether we would be a good fit.
In your first therapy session with me, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other and it is helpful for me to get a sense of your current life situation, history and what has brought you to therapy now. We will use this initial session to explore and contract on how we may work together, depending on your needs and on my approach.
The number of sessions offered varies depending on clients and their individual needs. For people who may benefit from long-term work, I offer sessions up to one year or more.
If you feel that I could help you, I look forward to connecting with you.