Catherine Bechirian MA (Art Psychotherapy) HCPC reg. BAAT reg.




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About me

About Me

I am an HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered Art Psychotherapist with over 15 years experience of working with organisations, and with individuals as a BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) registered private practitioner. I offer short-term, and longer term therapy depending on your needs.

Each person brings to therapy their own unique story. You may have a specific issue you would like to share and to understand better, and maybe work towards a change in your way of coping. Or you might be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, or meaningless in your life but don’t know why.
My approach to working with what a client brings to sessions is informed by my broad experience as a therapist, by what we decide together might meet any specific needs, and by my interest and my training in a variety of therapeutic approaches.

In the therapy I aim to provide a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental therapeutic space in which it is possible to acknowledge, articulate and go on to explore anything that may be causing distress or confusion.

Why use art?

Art Psychotherapy is a form of Psychotherapy that facilitates the use of art as an additional means of accessing and communicating difficult emotions and ideas, where we find that words may not be enough, or may somehow seem to have the wrong meaning. Art is a language, and one of our first basic instincts is to make a mark, so by engaging in making marks or images, in the presence of a qualified art psychotherapist it can be possible to access that which can't be found using words only. My role as therapist is to help you find your own meanings, and to support you to understand your story better.
I think we respond well when we are given a choice, and some control over what happens in our therapy. So it is the client’s choice whether to use art-making in the sessions or just talk, or to do both. This can change from session to session depending on preference, and on what emerges in the therapy. Sometimes it's down to what we feel we need on that day.

It isn’t necessary to have any artistic skills or experience in order to benefit from art psychotherapy - it's not about being 'good at art'.

Sometimes we can find that engaging in the creative process itself, and being seen by your therapist while doing so, can have a soothing, rehabilitative and therapeutic effect on feelings of wellness, and can itself improve mental health, without talking about the images.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Training qualifications and experience

  • MA Art Psychotherapy
  • CPD – continuous further training and research in specific areas of interest, and relating to issues I’m working on with clients.

I have worked with patients individually and in groups in NHS Mental Health Services, Prison and Probation Services, Education Services, Fostering Services and for various charities, and maintain a private practice. I work with individuals with a wide range of needs, difficulties, disabilities and diagnoses. I work with adults (including older adults), young people and with children. I am trained to deliver short term therapy, as well as longer periods of psychotherapy. I have an up to date Enhanced DBS check.

The areas I have worked in with patients and clients include but are not limited to:

  • Personality disorders, Psychosis and schizophrenia
  • Ageing and later life-related issues such as life change, social isolation, early attachment experiences.
  • Postnatal depression
  • Dementia
  • Depression and Anxiety, or Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Learning disabilities, such as autism
  • Selective mutism
  • Gender issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Experiences of loss, such as bereavement and complicated bereavement and life transitions or change
  • Physical illnesses and their effects on mental and emotional health
  • Issues faced by people who are carers
  • Issues faced by people who are refugees
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Life transitions and feelings of displacement
  • Relationship issues. Early attachment issues
  • Issues around family relationships in the present or past
  • Work related issues
  • Students in training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Please contact me for fees for 50 minute sessions

Some concessions will be considered

Maps & Directions

London, N1
London, SE18

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


SE18 Wednesday PM

N1 Monday and Thursday PM

Online - Flexible

Types of client

Young people
Older adults