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

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, online using Skype or Zoom, by phone, or face to face.

I am presently offering low cost online therapy, using Skype or Zoom for people who are trying to cope with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Stress, isolation and dealing with this unprecedented change in our lives and world can feel overwhelming, and it might help to talk through how that feels, and how it's affecting you, with a trained mental health professional.

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 training and 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.

I have a particular interest in working with adults and older adults who experienced early trauma, and who feel that they are being affected by this in their adult lives. Early trauma can lead to a higher incidence of psychological and behavioural problems, including feeling anxious or depressed, eating disorders, behavioural issues, substance abuse, difficulty with personal relationships, identity issues, lack of self worth, symptoms of PTSD, or a higher risk of certain physical health problems.

Life transitions such as becoming parents, relocating, divorce or separation, times of loss or bereavement, changes in family life, ageing, are some but not all of the times any of us may need some support from a professional. Those of us who have experienced early trauma can often find these transitional times particularly difficult.

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. My further CPD training includes working with brief art psychotherapy, mentalisation and art therapy, using mindfulness, bereavement counselling, attachment focused couples counselling, supporting mothers with post natal depression, and working with people with eating disorders.

Why use art?

Sometimes it's hard to find the right words to express something we feel.

Using art materials to make marks, images, or objects, can aid in expressing what might be difficult to put into words, or in finding what it is we really want to talk about.

Whatever you create is unique to you, and the focus of the the therapy can be on the unconscious process of making that creation. It is possible therefore to go quite deeply into the unconscious in a contained and safe way.

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

Sometimes we can find that the creative process itself, while being with a trained therapist, can have a soothing, rehabilitative and therapeutic effect on feelings of wellness, and improve our mental and emotional health.

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

If you think you would like to know more, or arrange a meeting, please mail me in the first instance so that we can arrange a time to talk by phone, or we could Skype.

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 and specific needs of clients, is a condition of my professional membership of HCPC and BAAT.

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
  • Children and adolescents in the care system
  • Behavioural problems
  • 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



** There are special greatly reduced fees for online sessions during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please email me for details.

Fees for 50 minute sessions: £55 - £70 depending on session location and circumstances.

Some concessions will be considered. Please email me if you like to discuss this.

  • Free / low-cost sessions available

Further information

I offer secure online counselling/art psychotherapy using Skype or Zoom, or telephone sessions, as well as face to face sessions.

It is a good idea, should you choose online therapy, if possible that we meet face to face initially, and then periodically throughout the therapy.

Sometimes it isn't possible to meet first in person, because of location or mobility issues. However, one of the benefits of online therapy is the very fact that it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and that it involves no travelling to sessions.

During the Covid-19 outbreak it will not, of course be possible to meet face to face.

If you would like to find out more about how online therapy works, please email me and I can give you some more information.

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 user access: Yes


I am currently only offering sessions online using Skype, Zoom or email, or telephone sessions.

SE18: Wednesday PM

N1: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Online - Flexible

Types of client

Young people
Older adults