Michiyo Zentner MA Dip. HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist

Michiyo Zentner MA Dip. HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist



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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. I work in Finchley Central N3 and Highgate N10 in English and Japanese language.

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

No Art Skills Needed!

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 shaping clay or sand through to painting, drawing, and collage making etc.

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."

"In my mind I can see a picture of my world but I cannot describe."

"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, doodling would help me to feel safer and focus on therapy."

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 organizations and NHS settings.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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:

Photos & videos

  • Art Therapy
  • BAAT Logo
  • HCPC Logo


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 £50 for 50 minutes.
- Sliding scale/consession 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.

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.

Maps & Directions

London, N10
London, N3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Japanese


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Currently Individual Sessions Available on Mondays (N10) and Fridays (N3)

Types of client