Michiyo Zentner

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MA Dip. UKCP Integrative Arts Psychotherapist HCPC BAAT
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London, N3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Do you wish to overcome your social anxiety, depression or lack of confidence? Perhaps you feel stuck in current and past relationships? I have many experience supporting such life issues through counselling and art psychotherapy in both NHS mental health services and private practice. I work in Finchley Central N3 and English and Japanese spoken.

I offer a private and confidential space for you to allow reflection and understand yourself – and work through with your senses, feelings, thoughts and behaviour in order to help you resolve areas of challenge in your life. I am accredited by UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and registered with British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

No Art Skills Needed!

In session, art material is available for you to be playful with them. No art knowledge or skill is required. Art means many things to different people and equally in therapy it is what you make of it. It can be as simple as feeling and shaping clay or sand through to painting, drawing, and collage making etc. What matters is to find a way to expressing something meaningful for you. 

I believe art making is a communication tool for self-expression and as important as verbal communication. Art psychotherapy may benefit you if one of these sentences is about you:

"It is too difficult to describe my inner world but I visualise in my mind."

"I feel pain but I find it hard to put this into words."

"Art helps me relax when discussing difficult feelings."

"Talking without doing something else makes me nervous! I wonder if having a conversation whilst drawing or doodling would help me to feel safer and focus on therapy."


In 2023, I co-published a journal article from my Art Therapy practice with Gary Nash, as well as presented in a conference at University of Hertfordshire in July 2023. 

‘Working alongside: Communicating visual empathy within collaborative art therapy’ 
Journal of Applied Arts & Health, Volume 14, Issue Innovation in the Arts in Therapy, Mar 2023, p. 85 - 99

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (merit)
Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education / University of East London

Advanced Diploma Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education / University of East London

Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts
Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education / London Metropolitan University

Certificate in Counselling
Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education

BA (Hons) Textile Design
Chelsea College of Art and Design / University of the Arts London

And other mandatory trainings from NHS Mental Health Service related Health and Safety, Care Programme Approach, Information Governance etc.

Experience working with adults with severe mental health conditions such as psychosis, personality disorders, domestic violence, learning difficulties, parenting in both charity organisations and NHS settings.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a passion to support carers who find it hard to obtain emotional support for themselves. I am supporting “It’s Barnet’s Business” scheme by Barnet Carers Centre and offering a concession for Carers Discount holders. For details:

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The therapeutic frame is a very important ingredient for the effective therapy, such as meeting once a week at the same location and time. I will make some assessment at the initial session, and make an agreement how long you would like to do art psychotherapy sessions.

The cost of each session is £70 for 50 minutes.
- Sliding scale/concession rates available depending on your financial situations
- If you need to cancel a session, please contact me within 24 hours prior to the session time.
Please be aware that 100% Cancellation fee occurs when cancelling after this time frame.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Face-to-face (N3) or online individual sessions 

Further information

What is Integrative Arts Psychotherapy?

Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy and Integrative Arts Psychotherapy is a unique form of art psychotherapy. Features of Integrative Arts Psychotherapy I provide are:

1. Based on the assessment, a treatment plan is tailored for your treatment. Together we agree of therapeutic tasks within the sessions.

2. Focus is not just on your issues but will be include other elements related to you and your identity, childhood etc. We explore ways to integrate the areas of your life where you originally felt separated or detached.

3. The integration also applies to your own feeling, thoughts and bodily responses as a way to be aware and accept yourself in a holistic way.

4. The integration also can be symbolised as modality of different expressions such as dialogue, art making, sound making and body movements. This will support embodying and amplifying your feelings and expression.

The main psychotherapeutic theories that I used are based around integration of Gestalt Theory and Attachment Theory alongside Object Relations, Psychoanalysis, Systemic, TA, Jungian or MBT, depending on the nature of issues and areas of focus of the treatment.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Michiyo Zentner
Michiyo Zentner