Candida Benson Integrative Arts Psychotherapist London E8Candida Benson:

Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (HCPC)

My name is Candida Benson, I am a fully qualified Integrative arts psychotherapist working in both short-term and open-ended therapy in private practice in Haggerston, London, E8.

I believe that much mental distress and profound unhappiness is about a loss of communication, primarily with ourselves.

It can become very hard to locate, and therefore understand, the often intense, feelings of anxiety and pain that make life so challenging. Sometimes it feels hard and complicated just ‘to be’.

Psychotherapy is about beginning a conversation in an attempt to make sense of these difficult feelings. Within the parameters of therapy, we aim to create a common, safe space to begin unpicking the knots.

Carl Jung wrote: “Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.

Whilst putting aside the gender of depression, if we shoo the pain away it will only come back stronger. Pain needs a voice, to be understood and processed in a safe containing environment. Psychotherapy can allow this to happen.

Often words can feel elusive or tricky, after all, so much communication is non-verbal, and this is where the Arts are helpful. In Integrative Arts Psychotherapy we have the options of using image-making, drawing, clay, bodywork, and sand tray alongside the talking therapy.

Working with the arts can help support a creative, embodied, playful awareness of self that is both flexible and resilient.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT BEING GOOD AT ART! The arts are just another tool that we can use if appropriate, and always it is the client who leads the session. The ‘Integrative’ part of my training means that I have learnt and been influenced by a broad range of psychotherapeutic schools of thought which, like the arts, allows flexibility in determining what resonates most cogently and viscerally with each client.



  • MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (IATE: Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education)
  • Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (IATE)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (IATE)
  • I am a member of HCPC and abide by their rules of conduct. I am fully insured to work.


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Fees and availability:

I currently have a limited number of spaces available for private clients in Haggerston for weekly therapy. My fee is £65/hour.

I am currently available to work both in person, online (zoom, Skype, etc), and via phone. I offer an initial free 20 min phone conversation.


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Candida Benson – Working Hours

Monday N/A Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
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Contact Details

Candida Benson, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, can be reached using the following:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07831 614935

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

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