Leading Integrated Healthcare

Art Therapy

Hephzibah Kaplan RATh

  • Art Therapist
  • Psychotherapy Supervisor

Hephzibah Kaplan is a State Registered Art Therapist and Psychotherapy Supervisor. She is a member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). Hephzibah is a specialist BAAT recognised Private Practitioner and Supervisor.

I work with both adults and children. Having practised art therapy for over 30 years I have encountered many different people and worked with diverse client groups; the young and old, the unwell, the troubled and the simply curious. Art therapy is a powerful psychotherapeutic approach that reaches the parts that other therapies don’t reach. You are invited to enter a creative and dynamic space without judgement or fear. The psychological world of conflict, pain, confusion, betrayal, love, servitude, exploration and so on can be gently yet profoundly explored using art materials and visualisations. We will develop a professional alliance working together to help you understand yourself. One of the aims in art psychotherapy is to help you develop a better relationship with yourself, and through that process, you are able to have better relationships with others.

Since my original training in psychodynamic art therapy, I have included other therapeutic approaches ultimately focussing on client-led work in an integrative style.  In my Harley Street practice, I am able to offer 90- minute sessions combining art therapy approaches with provocative therapy.  We can work for a time-limited number of sessions or have ongoing weekly sessions.

When I am not in Harley Street, I am in Archway, North London where I am the Director (and co-founder) of the London Art Therapy Centre. In addition to seeing private clients and supervisees at the centre I also run 2 weekly art therapy groups.

On Monday evenings there is the Art for the Heart workshops which is for high-functioning professionals, creatives and people interested in learning about art therapy. On Wednesdays I co-run a Well-being and Support Group for people who have been psychologically unwell owing to a breakdown, psychosis, depression etc. This group aims to support people during recovery. I also teach on the workshop programme at the London Art Therapy Centre. For more information about these groups, as well as seeing the schedule of CPD workshops, go to www.arttherapycentre.com

You are also welcome to call me on 07946-603715 or email me





Provocative Therapy: It can be fun

I had a lot of fun in those sessions, I felt they were very enjoyable - the lightness and laughter of it made touching on uncomfortable and painful issues easier, and the benevolence you bring to the process (aka Unconditional Positive Regard) was palpable.  I could see how the strange mental-emotional convolutions that happen when experiencing the inner friction set up by the provocations would over time promote real change.

Experiencing Provocative Therapy

Provocative Therapy has had a significant and ongoing impact on me. The session itself forced to the surface a few truths about myself and my life which I had previously been reluctant to admit to myself. That I found helpful and enlightening. However the real shock came when I watched myself on film afterwards. I was rather dreading having to view myself, especially in such an open and vulnerable position. But nothing prepared me for the shock I had when I firstswitched on the tape. For the first time, I think ever, I was able to view myself objectively. It was not like looking in the mirror or seeing myself on film; never before had I seen myself interact naturally like that. I was surprised how pertinent the contradiction was between the idea I had of myself and how I really appeared. This initial jolt certainly had the most impact but now I’m grateful to have the film so that I can revisit it whenever I need to. Each time it’s almost like going through another session. It forces me toreally look at myself and listen to what I’m saying and to understand that there is a difference between my own, often warped perspective, and the truth in front of me. Louisa Gamon - London