Catherine Bechirian Psychodynamic psychotherapist ,
I'm an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist with over 15 years experience of working with both individuals and organisations. I am working online using Zoom or Skype during this period of social distancing. At the moment, as well as longer term therapy, I'm offering low cost short term therapy to people who are trying to cope with the psychological effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Stress, isolation and dealing with the changes to our lives, and the world around us, can feel overwhelming and it can help to talk through how that feels, and how it may be affecting you.
Each person brings to therapy their own unique story. You may have a specific issue you would like to share and to understand better, or you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression or a lack of meaning in your life but don't know why. My approach to working with whatever a client brings to therapy is informed by my broad training and experience as a therapist, by what we decide together might meet your specific needs, and my interest and training in a variety of therapeutic approaches. During the sessions I aim to provide a supportive and non-judgemental therapeutic space in which it is possible to acknowledge, articulate and go on to explore anything that might be causing distress or confusion.
I have a particular interest in working with adults and older adults who experienced early trauma, and who feel that they are being affected by this in their adult lives. Early trauma can lead to a higher incidence of psychological and behavioural problems, including feeling anxious or depressed. Eating disorders, substance abuse, difficulty with personal relationships, identity issues, lack of self worth, symptoms of PTSD, or a higher risk of certain physical health problems can be linked with traumatic experiences.
Life transitions such as becoming parents, relocating, divorce or separation, loss or bereavement, changes in family life, ageing, are some but not all of the times any of us may need some support from a professional. Those who have experienced early trauma can often find these transitional times particularly difficult.
As an art psychotherapist I might encourage you to make art in sessions. This can help you to express something that might be difficult to put into words, or something that there seems to be no words for. The art you make will not be judged - it's not important to be experienced or 'good at art', nor will assumptions be made by the therapist about the meanings behind your art making. The image can start a dialogue, and can help you understand yourself better.
As a member of BAAT and HCPC I abide by their ethical principles and code of conduct. I have regular supervision to ensure that I work in a safe way, to benefit my clients. I am DBS checked and am fully insured to practise privately.
My further CPD training includes using brief psychotherapy, mentalisation, bereavement counselling, attachment focused couples therapy, supporting new mothers, and therapy supporting eating disorders.
Training and qualifications
B.A. Fine Art
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
M.A. Art Psychotherapy
50 minute face to face sessions: £60-£75
Online therapy: £50-£65
During Covid-19 reduced fees are offered for shorter term therapy, Please email to discuss
Art therapy Integrative Mindfulness Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Solution-focused therapy Issues often worked with:
ADHDAnxietyAttachment disorderBereavementDepressionEating disordersEmotional abuseFinding meaningLonelinessTraumaSelf-esteemFamily issues Availability:
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Adult Member organisations:
24 White Lion Street