Dr. Avin Partavian

I am a registered and chartered practitioner psychologist with many years of experience within different settings. I have worked with clients from different cultural backgrounds presented with a variety of mental health challenges and difficulties. I emphasise on the importance of multicultural perspective in psychotherapy and counselling. The aim of multicultural therapy is to address the concerns of clients whose race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, disability status, or other social factor(s) falls outside of the majority or outside the dominant social group.

I am passionate about being a part of my client's recovery and healing process and to see them achieve relief from emotional, psychological, spiritual or relational pain. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is really at the heart of enabling change and progress. My clients tell me that they feel validated, understood and respected as I am warm, compassionate and sensitive to their needs and beliefs.

I work from an integrative approach employing different evidence based psychological therapies to tailor support around each person's specific situation and needs. I am able to draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused (CFT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy.

I have extensive experience of assessing and providing psychological interventions for a range of problems including; depression, anxiety disorders (obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic, generalised anxiety), low self-esteem, trauma, PTSD, self-harm, physical illnesses, personality difficulties and bipolar.

I believe that my clients are the experts of their lives and experiences and therefor I work collaboratively and flexibly, integrating these approaches to meet my clients needs and goals.

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About Me


  • Dcpsych - Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy - Teesside University

  • EMDR Therapist

  • MSc - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • MSc - Psychological Approaches to Health

  • Graduate Diploma - Psychology

  • Counselling skills certificate

  • BSc (Hons) - Nursing

In addition to the above, I have also completed a range of Continuous Professional Development Courses.

Professional Affiliations

I am a chartered/accredited Counselling Psychologist and member of the following organisations;

  • The British Psychological Society (BPS)(accredited).

  • The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • I hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate for working with Children and Adults.

Each of these organisations has a set of ethical guidelines set up to protect clients and therapists, which I endeavour to follow. Please feel free to follow the links below to find out more.


Partavian, A & Kyriakopoulos, A (2021), 'Therapist and Counsellors’ Experiences of Working with Asylum Seekers in the context of asylum-seeking processes in the UK', Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.

Diversity Matters, Receive Multicultural Psychotherapy by a Skilled Counselling Psychologist