Robin McCarthy HCPC Pg. Dip Art Therapy.
When there are no words to express how you feel, painting and drawing can provide an outlet a support or just "time out". A picture really can be worth a thousand words. I have 25 years experience of practicing as an art psychotherapist and more recently as a clinical supervisor. I won an award in 2016 for innovation in my work as a senior art psychotherapist within the NHS. I also run an art therapy studio based in Hereford. I am experienced in using Skype for therapy and clinical supervision. I am particularly interested in working with people who are experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and grief. I provide a non-pressured approach to art therapy in which the client is gently encouraged to explore feelings in a creative way, either in one to one sessions or in group work.
I am registered with HCPC and BAAT and adhere to their codes of ethics.
"Without suffering happiness cannot be understood. The ideal passes through suffering like gold through fire." Fyodor Dostoevsky
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior Art Psychotherapist.
2009 - to date: NHS Foundation Trust Adult Mental Health. Part time.
Responsible for delivering community art psychotherapy groups and art psychotherapy to an acute psychiatric admissions ward. Responsibilities include the supervision of art psychotherapy trainees from the University of South Wales and the provision of clinical supervision up to Band 7 level within the NHS.
2014 - 2018: St David’s Centre Pupil Referral Service, Hereford.
1999-2000: Lothian Primary Care Trust. Adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
Therapeutic Arts Worker.
1998 -1999: Lothian Primary Care Trust. Adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
Art Psychotherapist and Project Worker.
1996-1997: Six Circle Project. Ex-offenders reintegration into society after serving life sentences.
Art Therapy Trainee Clinical Placements
1995-1996: Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Forensic Psychiatry and Young Persons Unit.
(Currently training for) Diploma level 6 art therapy clinical supervision. British Association of Art Therapists London 2018 -2019
Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy Edinburgh College of Art Therapy (now
St Margaret’s University Edinburgh).. 1994 -1996
Trained in Drawing and Painting Edinburgh College of Art 1979 - 1984
Foundation Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex Polytechnic) 1976 -1977
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
Prior to assessment I am happy to spend time discussing whether we might be able to work together on the telephone, for which there is no charge.
Assessment Session £60.00
My sessional rate is £60.00 I am able to offer reduced rates for those on low income, including trainees.
"Thank you so much for your help. It helped me and supported me far more than I ever thought it could and has been a reassurance for me to get through my problems. I will definitely be recommending you to other people. Thanks."
"In his person and through his profession Rob reaches out with warmth, passion and empathy to all he meets- be they staff or service users. He is one of those people who really and uniquely "make a difference". He is an ambassador to his profession and a huge asset to all of us who work with him".
Information about art psychotherapy
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies, and socially engaged practice. Exploring the links between neuroscience and art therapy has also been at the forefront of some of the BAAT's conferences. Importantly, art therapy practice has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it.
About Art Therapy: from the British Association of Art Therapists website
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evening sessions available. Day time Wednesdays and Fridays.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have 25 years experience of practicing as an art therapist and more recently as a clinical supervisor.