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About me

I have been a therapist for over 25 years. Over this time I have learned from my clients what is important in therapy. The outcome being that I will work compassionately with you and for you. My role is to be authentic and to journey by your side through the wounds, ridicule and abuse that life throws at us.

When there are no words to express how one feels, painting and drawing can provide an outlet  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 have experience in online therapy and clinical supervision. I am particularly interested in working with people who are experiencing issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and grief. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation.

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.

Art Psychotherapist.

2014 - 2018: St David’s Centre Pupil Referral Service, Hereford.

Art Psychotherapist.

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.

Academic History :  Clinical Qualifications.

2021  Anna Freud Centre Mentalization Based Treatment practitioner (undergoing)

Diploma level 6 art therapy clinical supervision. British Association of Art Therapists London 2018 -2019

Post Graduate Diploma in 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

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.


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
  • Group therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Photos & videos


£60.00 per session

Additional information

Prior to assessment I am happy for a 15 minute telephone call, for which there is no charge.

Assessment Session £75.00

My sessional rate is £60.00 I am able to offer reduced rates for those on low income, including trainees.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Please contact me to find out about availability.

Further information



"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-centered approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focused 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


Key details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Qualified clinical supervisor 25 plus years experience NHS and voluntary.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

View supervision profile


Robin McCarthy Art Psychotherapist pg. art psychotherapy. HCPC reg and BAAT.

Robin McCarthy Art Psychotherapist pg. art psychotherapy. HCPC reg and BAAT.