Nana Zhvitiashvili, MA, ATR, HCPC and BAAT reg.
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 experienced art psychotherapist working in two hospitals in London and in private practice (central London and south of Buckinghamshire). 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.
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.
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 Art 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.
I work with children, adults and families.
In my work with children I can help with: behavioural problems, bullying, self-confidence and self-esteem, anger management.
I offer brief problem-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
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
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.
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 in the UK and in Russia: most recent publications focus on memory-making in palliative care and multidisciplinary interventions.
- The British Association of Art Therapists
- 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)
- Graduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy (Institute of Family Therapy)!
- MA Art History
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
50-min session £70
I have contributed chapters to the following books which will be published in 2019 and 2020 respectively:
’Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
‘Paediatric Medical Art Therapy’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)