Lara Cooke

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Psychotherapist Art Psychotherapist BA Hons, PGCE, MA, HCPC
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London SE19 & Lewes BN7
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About me

I work with adults, teenagers and children.

I am a fully qualified and experienced Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). 

Often words can fail us when trying to express our feelings. Art Psychotherapy is a form of Psychotherapy where art-making is used to help communicate and explore our emotions alongside talking. You don't need any artistic skill and there is no pressure to use the art materials in the sessions, you may prefer just talking or to interweave between the two. The art that is made is not used as a diagnostic tool, but as a way to explore emotional issues. Central to my practice is the therapeutic relationship, creating a trusting and a non judgemental environment where you feel able to open up about the difficulties that you may be experiencing. 

My practice:

I have many years experience in a broad range of settings including 6+ years working in palliative and bereavement care working with adults, children, couples and families, based in hospices in London and Rishikesh, India. I also work in community mental health, my background includes working with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addiction, eating disorders, sexual abuse, cancer care, end of life, postnatal issues, pregnancy loss, hyperemesis and trauma (including PTSD). I also have years of experience working in primary and secondary schools with children and adolescents. 

I co-facilitate perinatal Art Psychotherapy groups. This includes a Postnatal Mental Health Group. We are also currently running a Pregnancy Loss Group.

My private practice takes place in both London and East Sussex (Crystal Palace, Lewes and Brighton). The studio settings are quiet and peaceful.

I also offer online therapy and supervision via zoom. 

I work with a psychodynamic approach to therapy and my practice is also informed by existential theory and thinking. I understand what a huge step starting therapy can be, it can feel scary entering the unknown and I will support you to navigate through this process. I believe therapy can open channels of blocked communication and self-expression, to bring about a sense of inner peace, harmony and healing. I have in-depth experience of working with people from all walks of life, cross-culturally and from a diversity backgrounds.

I am an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths university of London on the MA Art Psychotherapy course. 

I offer an initial telephone consultation free of charge.

Training, qualifications & experience


Supervision Training (BAAT)


  • The Cassel Centre - community mental health.
  • St Christophers Hospice, offering family, individual, couple therapy and working with both adults and children. This includes psycho-education/running conferences (Facing Death Creatively). 
  • Setting up a partnership with Ganga Prem Hospice in Rishikesh, providing therapy to patients, carers and hospice staff.
  • Ten years experience working in inner London Primary and Secondary Schools- PGCE 
  • Working alongside perinatal mental health charity,  providing Art Psychotherapy groups to women.
  • Diversity and Ability, specialist mental health social enterprise. 


(2019) ‘Narratives East West – Art Therapy in a Hospice in Northern India, A Patchwork of Cross-Cultural Encounters’, in The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care. New York: Routledge, Chapter 35.


  • Ancestral Healing September 2023, Environmental Art Therapy Oct 2022, White: an art therapists perspective Jan 2016, Supervision Training Course for Art Therapies 2016, Working with Loss, Grief and Attachment Nov 2015


Co-facilitating the Facing Death Creatively: October 2015, October 2016, October 2017, Oct 2018, Oct 2019, Oct 2021

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

When I work

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Further information

I offer an initial consultation free of charge and I am available for therapy in person and via Zoom. 

London, Greater London, SE19

High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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I'm an experienced clinical supervisor with in-depth experience working in a range of settings, including six years in palliative and bereavement care

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Lara Cooke
Lara Cooke