Hello and welcome to my website!
My name is Catarina Vasconcelos and I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council in the U.K. I am also an animal lover, a gastronomy and music enthusiast, a partner, daughter and sister, and a citizen of the world.
With a MA in Clinical Psychology (University of Lisbon), I came to the U.K. to specialize in Art Psychotherapy and I have gained significant experience working therapeutically with children, families and adults, aiming to provide them with a supportive space where they can create meaning, find relief and empower themselves.
I believe that as life happens there are moments of ups and downs. I believe that everyone deserves a holding hand, a smile and a caring gesture. I believe in feeling, reflecting, thinking, expressing and transforming.
In my own personal journey I've learnt about the power of arts in healing and the important contribute of psychotherapy for my own self-awareness and growth. The practice of yoga and meditation, alongside being in contact with nature, have been key to my wellbeing and support my therapeutic work.
As a psychology clinician and art psychotherapist, I do not see my work as one of fixing people's problems and instead I focus on facilitating your journey and development through a joint creative process. I believe every person is the best expert of their own life and holds the clues to guide them in their journey towards their full potential.
If you are curious about working with me, please continue reading below about my professional background and qualifications. You can read about my therapeutic approach here.
My first steps into the world of Counselling Psychology were done in 2008, as part of my MA in Psychology, and they involved working at a community-based service offering individual cognitive-behavioural counselling sessions to adult women who suffered from depression and anxiety.
Soon after, I decided I needed to include creativity in my work, and subsequently undertook a postgraduate degree in Expressive Methodologies in Education. Alongside this training I developed psychoeducational expressive workshops for children and families and I managed an obesity prevention program for children.
Whilst training as an Art Psychotherapist, I began offering creative therapy to vulnerable children and young people in primary schools, from various ethnic and social backgrounds. This work also involved the ongoing support of parents, families and school staff, mainly centered around the emotional needs of the young person and positive parenting strategies.
Additionally, I have worked with adult women affected by breast cancer in a hospital setting, supporting them in group and individual art therapy. Furthermore, I have worked in the charity sector, offering counselling and art therapy to mothers and carers of children under 5, who experienced difficulties in their lives as parents and individuals, and I also collaborated as a Child Art Therapist with a charity dedicated to preventing violence and abuse towards women and girls.
Fuelled by a continued passion for my job and opportunities to learn from incredible people, I have gained a significant amount of experience working with a number of psychological issues and life-changing circumstances.
My areas of interest include attachment and loss; the nonverbal and body experience in the process of healing; gender roles and their relation to well-being.
My practice is based in East London and I offer online art psychotherapy as well. In parallel to my private practice, I work in the academic world, tutoring students who are pursuing a therapeutic training and I offer clinical supervision to trainees and qualified therapists.
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
- Certificate in Level 6 Counselling Supervision, Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), London, U.K. (2022)
- MA in Art Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton, London, U.K. (2013)
- PgDip in Expressive Techniques and Methodologies in Education, Instituto Superior de Linguas e Administracao, Lisbon, Portugal (2011)
- MA in Psychology (Clinical and Health Psychology - Nucleus of Cognitive-Behavioural and Integrative Psychotherapies), Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon, Portugal (2009)
- Contemporary Dance Course, Cascais Cultural Centre, Cascais, Portugal (2011)
- Clay Sculpture, NextArt, Lisbon, Portugal (2010)
- Certificate of Pedagogical Ability (CAP), CDRH, Associated Consulters Lda., Lisbon, Portugal (2009)
I am bound by the Codes of Ethics and Practice Standards of the above professional bodies.
I work under the legal jurisdiction of England and Wales.
Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) (AS14728)
Full-member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) (31554)
Previous graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (334372)
Graduate member of the Portuguese Psychologists Council (OPP) (7540)