Surrinder Chera, BACP Registered
201a Chalk Farm Road
2nd Floor Market Hall
Camden Lock Market
I am a qualified counsellor, specializing in work with alcohol dependency since 1993. I have a deep connection with the problems related to alcohol and a genuine passion for helping people to repair their relationship with drinking. My work has included providing specialist 1-1 alcohol counselling, couples work and group-work. During my career I have worked as a clinical supervisor and as the manager of several innovative and ground breaking alcohol services.
Since childhood I have had an interest in yoga and qualified as a teacher in 2011. I have an active interest in mindfulness and meditation, and where appropriate aim to blend these skills in my private practice working with issues related to alcohol.
Following a full assessment consultation, I work with you to formulate a package to suit your unique situation from the list below :
- 1-1 alcohol counselling sessions
- Joint alcohol counselling sessions with partner/relatives/friends etc
- Personalised recordings of meditations for restoring balance to body and mind
- Yoga classes (specialist individual and/or referral to my generic classes)
It is possible to arrange for home visits on request.Sessions are offered at flexible times where posslble depending on work and life patterns.
Length of Treatment
Short term (1-3 months) : 4- 12 sessions
Medium term (3-6 months) : 12-24 sessions
Longer term (6 months - 1year)
Sessions would typically begin weekly for 4-6 sessions, and be reviewed thereafter to fortnightly or monthly. The number and frequency of meetings can be negotiated to best fit work and lifestyle.
Yoga classes can be incorporated gradually depending on circumstances, and continue longer term for those interested.
For many people, alcohol is a part of life, and I recognize and fully accept that. The overarching approach is to help people reestablish a relationship with alcohol that allows life to flow for all concerned. For some people, this may involve taking a holiday from alcohol to get some perspective. Others choose to change drinking patterns and styles of drinking.Thus I strongly believe that there are a range of options in terms of goals around alcohol work. A key part of my role is to help people decide which goal to aim for, and tools to help keep on track and review progress effectively.
Years of practice experience have honed my ability to be able to sensitively and dynamically assess which approaches may work best at different times and situations.The first and foremost priority is to establish a warm relationship based on mutual respect, trust and honesty.
My manner is down to earth and practical. I have found often that simple techniques applied consistently can work wonders once issues have been clearly defined and mutually understood.
As such my work includes tools and interventions from evidence based treatment approaches recognised as particularly effective in working with dependency. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and 'person centred' counselling.
The alcohol topics that would usually form part of the work together would include :
- Alcohol effects on the body
- Models of addiction & dependancy
- Building motivation to make sustained changes
- Effective goal setting and reflection
With some people I offer recorded meditations and visualizations which are done in session.These are formulated very carefully to address issues that have been raised in our sessions.The practices are relatively short (10-15 minutes) and can provide quick bursts of practical assistance to deal with issues such as boredom, isolation or specific thinking patterns.
My personal experience has shown that selected yoga practices can be extremely beneficial in helping with the problems of alcohol. I have taught yoga class within alcohol services , and in my private practice the counselling work can be creatively combined with yoga classes for those interested in exploring this approach.
Referral to seek medical advice will be given as needed. Additionally I have a wide network of holistic health practitioners and can help people identify suitable practitioners where appropriate.
The Next Steps
If you wish to discuss your situation I offer:
Free Initial telephone consultation (15 min) : this is used to establish whether we need to meet for a full alcohol assessment
Full assessment (usually 50-60 min) : this is an in depth first session looking at history and context of the current situation. Counselling sessions usually last 50-60 mins. The full assessment is a time allocated to explore background to the problem, and to help decide what help might be needed and methods to be used. I offer this meeting at half the price of a counselling session, as it is also an opportunity for meet me and see whether my approach fits with your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (University of East London, 1996)
Open University Certificate in Child Abuse and Neglect (awarded via Childline, 1998)
Certificate in Telephone Counselling (Childline,1998)
Diploma in Dual Diagnosis (Middlesex University, 2005)
Yoga Teacher Training Diploma ( British Wheel of Yoga, 2011)
Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (Mira Mehta Yogic Path School, 2015)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
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Assessment Session : £35 (50 min )
Counselling Sessions: £55/hr
It may be possible for me to come to a persons home or local venue in special cases. In such, we would negotiate fees incorporating travel time.
Telephone/skype counselling is also available on request
I have also worked with Childline as a counsellor for over 10 years, helping young people deal with the effects of abuse in various forms.
A thought to I would like to share which has stuck in my mind :
"Carrying resentments is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die"
Perhaps it is the human condition to carry resentments to some degree. In my experience excessive use of alcohol can only burden this load for the person concerned and usually also for those around them.
Thankyou for taking the time to read this. If you feel this statement above rings some truth, then I wish you all the best in finding someone to help wash it out of your system.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Home visits, weekend Sessions and evening sessions available on request
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|