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About me

I believe that we all strive to give meaning to our life experiences, and through working together in therapy we can understand ourselves better and the world we live in.

I am an art psychotherapist and family therapy practitioner with more than 15 years of experience of working in the NHS, private health care and charity sector in London. I have my private practice in central London. I work with children, adults and families on a wide range of issues: from anxiety, depression, loss to relational problems and work-related stress. I offer confidential, supportive and creative environment to explore them. As a qualified family therapy practitioner I use other modes of therapy - working with families and couples.

Focus on your needs:

Every person is unique in their personality and needs, therefore I use diverse therapeutic approaches which would suit each individual client. I work in a supportive and collaborative way, focusing on your current difficulties and enabling you to explore alternative ways of being and relating, and helping you to find inner resources and greater stability.

How Psychotherapy can help?

  • Reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Developing positive coping strategies
  • Addressing body image issues
  • Developing creative capabilities
  • Working on relational problems in families
  • Building resilience with work-related stress
  • Working with loss and bereavement
  • Exploring personal skills and resources to address current difficulties

How Art Psychotherapy works:

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as a mode of communication alongside a verbal mode. You don’t have to be good at art!

If art making does not work for you, we can find the right format which meets your needs.

What do I offer:

I work with children, adults and families.

I use systemic approach in my work with families.

In my work with children and young people I can help with: behavioural problems, bullying, self-confidence and self-esteem, anger management.

I offer brief solution-focused therapy (8-12 sessions) or an open-ended therapy, depending on your needs.

I am bound by the Codes of Ethics and Professional Procedures of the following organisations:

  • The Health and Care Professions Council
  • The British Association of Art Therapists
  • The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic practice

Contact

I know that finding a therapist is not an easy task. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, and I would be happy to talk to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  1. I have been working as an art psychotherapist in two London-based hospitals - The Harley Street Clinic and The Portland Hospital - for the last ten years. Also I worked in CAMHS NHS.

My private practice is at Portland Psychotherapy in central London (Great Portland Street) and in Amersham (Buckinghamshire)

Since 2003 I worked in different medical and educational settings, and my practice is informed by effective and evidence-based models. My therapeutic approach is embedded in psychodynamic and systemic theories.

I contribute to various professional journals and books in the UK and in Russia. Most recent publications are chapters in two books: ‘Art therapy in museums and galleries: reframing practice’ (2020) and ‘Paediatric Medical Art Therapy’ 2021) by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Member:

  • The British Association of Art Therapists
  • HCPC
  • Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Training and qualifications:

  • Postgraduate diploma in Art Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths’s College)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Intercultural and Group Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths’s College)
  • Graduate certificate in Group Analysis (Institute of Group Analysis and Birkbeck College)
  • MA Art History
  • Systemic Family Therapy Practitioner
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy (The Institute of Family Therapy and University of Bedfordshire)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Intercultural Therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

50-min session £70

I offer free initial 15-min telephone consultations.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

weekdays / Tuesday,  Thursday evening, Friday flexible

Further information

I have contributed chapters to the following books published in 2020 and 2021 respectively:

’Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

‘Paediatric Medical Art Therapy’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Harley Street Clinic
35 Weymouth Street
London
W1G 8BG

Portland Psychotherapy
106 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 6PF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups

Languages offered

English, Russian

Nana Zhvitiashvili, MA, ATR, HCPC and BAAT reg.

Nana Zhvitiashvili, MA, ATR, HCPC and BAAT reg.