Catherine Bechirian

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London N1 & SE1
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About me

About me

My aim as a therapist is to be empathic and helpful, accepting and  non-judgemental. I work collaboratively and respectfully with each person, trying to create a space within sessions that feels safe and confidential, where people can feel listened to, and comfortable enough to share any problems. Offering clients the support to explore unconsciously held ways of being, stored memories or patterns of thinking, I will encourage them to work gently towards greater understanding of themselves and their behaviours, needs and desires, and to feel hopeful and empowered. 

I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2005, and am registered with the HCPC, (the Health and Care Professions Council) which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority. (Art Psychotherapists are also known as Art Therapists, depending on the client group they work with). I have nearly twenty years’ experience of working with clients from different backgrounds and cultures, and age groups who have brought many different stories and issues to our sessions. During the early years of my therapy career I had a good and eclectic grounding working in adult NHS mental health settings, education, different charities offering counselling and psychotherapy, with looked after children, and in forensic mental health settings. For the past ten years or so, and exclusively since Covid, I've also been seeing individual adult clients in my Private Practice, who've been seeking support for various things, including distressing emotions and behaviours linked to anxiety, stress, depression, attachment issues, relationship difficulties, loss, trauma, and/or eating disorders, bereavement, life transitions, issues around ageing, suicidal thoughts, neurodiversity, hoarding, meaninglessness, and for many other reasons.

As a member of the professional bodies HCPC and BAAT, I abide by their ethical principles and code of conduct. I continue to research widely and with interest, and to attend CPD courses and talks on the many different approaches to therapy that will support me in meeting the needs of my clients. I have regular supervision to ensure I work in a way that is safe and effective. I'm DBS checked, and am fully insured for private practice.

I offer both short term and longer term therapy, and single session therapy. I also offer fortnightly sessions - especially during this present economic crisis. This is something that can be discussed during the initial phone conversation. Whatever is decided upon, it can of course be adjusted once you have started.

Why might you be looking for a therapist?

Everyone will come to a therapist with their own absolutely unique needs and story.

You may want to talk about feeling stressed or anxious, or explore feelings of low self-worth. Or you may be experiencing anger, or sadness.

You might have experienced childhood, or more recent, or even ongoing trauma, or relationship problems, or loss, and want to talk about and better understand the effects these things can have on our life, and our wellbeing.

Perhaps you feel you need some support with finding ways of working towards a change in some of your behaviours, maybe finding better ways of coping and behaving.

Or you might be seeking therapy because you're experiencing inexplicable and uncomfortable feelings and thoughts, perhaps of emptiness, meaninglessness, sadness or despair.

Bereavement, or loss of loved ones in other ways, or important life transitions can leave us struggling to find meaning or hope, and sometimes we need some support so we can get through these difficult periods of grieving.

Some of us may even have all the above happening at the same time. There are also people who feel okay and that they are functioning well, but want to understand themselves, others, or their relationships, better. 

We are all unique - some of us may not identify with any of what I've just described. But we might feel that for some reason we need someone to listen to us, perhaps support us to unpick and understand better who we are, and how we are, help us become 'unstuck'. Life experiences and responses are so complex and completely individual.
Online therapy

The outbreak of Covid-19 had, and continues to have, an impact on the mental health of many people and online therapy was extremely effective throughout the height of the pandemic. It enabled existing clients to feel supported and to continue working safely with their therapists, and new clients to find accessible, convenient and cost effective ways of accessing therapy, when they may never have considered the idea in the past.

As the increased accessibility that online therapy offers seems to be a really positive thing for promoting good psychological health, I have decided to continue offering online and telephone therapy. 

Why use art making or imagery in therapy?

It's certainly not obligatory to draw instead of talk in our sessions. It's an option I might suggest, along side talking, if it feels appropriate for any reason, as it's a way of working I have training in. But it's very much up to the individual. Our brains all work differently.

Sometimes we can't find the right words to express the things we feel, think, or remember. Making images or creating symbols is just another way of communicating, and can help us express, or understand better what might be difficult to put into words, can even give us a link to our unconscious minds or things we've forgotten. 

Image making can help us to reframe and reflect on experiences, reorganise our thoughts and gain personal insights. Neuroscientific studies have shown that it can activate the areas of the brain related to emotional regulation, traumatic memory and cognitive functioning.

It's absolutely not about being 'good at art', or about your skill being judged, or about a therapist analysing your images. 

Art, as well as talking, can be used in online therapy and, with some adjustments, can work in much the same way as in a face to face session. It's okay even if you just have a pen and a notebook - you don't need to have any specific art materials, unless you want to.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Training qualifications and experience

  • MA Art Psychotherapy

Further training in:

Breavement counselling


Brief and single session 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.

Also I have qualified teacher status and taught in schools, PRU's and probation services for 10years or so..


I qualified as a therapist 19 years ago, gaining broad experience seeing adult clients through charities, for 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, OCD, hoarding disorder, selective mutism, anger, relationship issues, loss, depression and anxiety disorders. Through the pandemic I worked with adults and young adults online, many of whom experienced loss and trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, dissociation, or a loss of, or altered meaning to their lives. 

I continue to see clients online.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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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, getting older, 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.


£60.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fee scale for a 50 minute session is between £60 and £75. I ask people to pay what they can afford within that scale, depending on their means.

Please contact me to discuss.

I offer an initial twenty minute telephone consultation, for which there is no fee.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Not all of these times are available We can discuss which session times are, during our initial call.

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Catherine Bechirian
Catherine Bechirian