About me


I'm an HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist with sixteen years experience of working with clients in NHS, Education, charities and Forensic settings. For ten years of that time I've been seeing individual clients in my private practice.

Some people I've worked with have described feelings of anxiety, stress or depression and have been able to either relate it to a particular situation or event, or have struggled to find a reason for these feelings. Other's may have experienced a traumatic event, or an important relationship that has left them dealing with difficult, uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Some have suffered a loss that has impacted on their mood and their ability to cope generally. Some clients feel okay, are functioning well, but want to understand themselves better or access their creative selves.

We are all unique and you may not identify with anything described above. Life experiences are complex and individual. At times we might feel we need some support to unpick and understand better how we are and who we are.

The length of time you spend in working with a therapist can vary. I offer shorter-term therapy, as well as more open ended psychotherapy. It will depend on individual needs and circumstances, and on what might seem most appropriate.

More detail..

Each person brings to therapy their own unique needs and story.  You may want to talk about feelings of stress, anxiety or depression, or low self worth, anger, or a feeling of sadness. You may have experienced childhood or more recent trauma, relationship problems, or loss, that you would like to talk about and process, and better understand the effects on your life and wellbeing. Perhaps you feel you need some support with finding ways of working towards a change in your way of coping and reacting. Or you may be seeking therapy because you're experiencing inexplicable and uncomfortable feelings or thoughts, meaninglessness, or despair. 

My approach is always informed by an initial training as a psychodynamic therapist, and by further training, expertise and experience. My aim is to be adaptable and empathic, and work collaboratively and respectfully with each client. I believe the therapeutic relationship is key, aiming to create a space within sessions that feels safe, confidential, where clients feel comfortable enough to share problems without fear of being judged, where they can feel heard and supported in discovering their own strengths.

As a member of the HCPC and BAAT I abide by their ethical principles and code of conduct. I have regular supervision to ensure that I work in a way that is safe, and that will benefit my clients.

I am DBS checked, and am fully insured for private practice.

Covid

In my private practice I'm continuing to support people through a wide range of needs and issues, sometimes exacerbated by the pandemic - sometimes brought on by the pandemic. Possibly there's more acknowledgement of mental health issues since the pandemic.

Right now some people are having an ongoing struggle with the psychological impact. Maybe priorities have changed, or uncertainties have had a derailing effect, or perhaps they're suffering from long covid. Some people have been dealing with other problems or issues on their own for a very long time, but weren't able to utilise the usual distractions or coping strategies, because of restrictions, and they are feeling more vulnerable now, or feel they've gone backwards in their recovery. 

Online therapy has certainly made psychological support more accessible, in many ways, and there seems to be an ongoing place for it.  

Why use art in therapy?

We can't always find the right words to express something we feel or think, or remember, especially where memories are stored as images, or are pre-verbal.

Making art is another way of communicating, and can help us express, or understand better what might be difficult to put into words,  giving us a link to the unconscious mind. Sometimes the process of making an image or object and observing it can be enough in itself, and we don't need to talk about it. Sometimes it helps us find what it is we do want to talk or think about, if we can't quite access it.  Often, just the making of art itself, a bit like playing, can make us feel better or less anxious, stressed.

It isn’t about being 'good at art', or about your skill being judged, or about a therapist analysing your images. 

Sometimes people just would rather talk in the sessions, which, of course, is also fine!

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Training qualifications and experience

  • MA Art Psychotherapy

Further training in:

Breavement counselling;

Mentalisation;

Brief Therapy;

Online Therapy;

Support for depression, stress and anxiety;

Attachment behaviours and relationships;

Eating disorders; 

Working with Trauma and Complex Trauma;

Guilt and shame;

Conferences and research in specific areas of interest, and relating to issues and specific needs of clients. CPD and ongoing training is a condition of my professional membership of HCPC and BAAT, and more importantly is necessary in order to work safely and effectively.

Experience:

I've been working in private practice, with adults for around ten years after gaining broad experience seeing clients through charities, the NHS, Prison and Probation services, in Education services working with children, young people and families, for Fostering services working with families and Social Services, with older adults with age related concerns and/or dementia. In my private practice I have worked with people with a wide range of issues. I have a particular interest and experience in working with the effects of early and/or current trauma (including abuse), complex trauma, PTSD, eating disorders and addictive behaviours, selective mutism, anger, relationship issues, loss, depression and anxiety disorders. Through the pandemic I've been working with adults online, many of whom are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, dissociation, or a loss of, or altered meaning to their lives. 


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Loss, which can be associated with life transitions such as divorce, separation from loved ones, or retirement. Or changes in personal circumstances, such as moving location, changing jobs. Or a loss of something we feel we never had, leaving us feeling bereft and empty, but not knowing why.

Fees

From £60.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees for 50 minute sessions are between £60 - £75, dependant upon your circumstances, and what you feel you can afford to pay.

Some concessionary fees are available. Please contact me to discuss 

Free initial telephone consultation, lasting twenty minutes.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I'm currently offering sessions online, or by phone, not face to face.

Sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Please contact me to find out available times.

Further information

If you'd like to find out more about my way of working, please email me to arrange a twenty minute phone consultation. During the consultation you can tell me briefly what's bringing you to therapy right now, you'll be able to ask me any questions you have, and we can both get an idea, through talking, of whether I might be able to offer you support and meet your individual therapeutic needs.

Online, or telephone sessions are available during covid. 

London
N1

London
SE1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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Catherine Bechirian

Catherine Bechirian