Bina Patel BDS, Dip. Coun.,BSc, MBACP
I hope you find the information you are looking for regarding counselling and that I can offer the support you need.
I am committed to working with young people (18+) and adults from diverse backgrounds irrespective of colour, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, culture or outlook and offer a multilingual counselling in English, Hindi and Gujarati.
I adhere to the professional ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Why you may be struggling and how Counselling can help?
Counselling training and my own personal therapy have taught me that as human beings we have in common a desire for love, peace, happiness, success, a sense of belonging, meaningful relationships, financial security, safe homes and healthy joyful lives.
Sadly, life can throw us so many challenges. It can be hard to cope. Counselling offers a supportive place for you to come and share your story, be heard and understood. This can empower you to create significant positive changes in your life.
My own counselling journey has ignited deep personal awareness around the impact of my own script on my world view, personality and behaviors. The idea of incorporating the word Stuff into my business was because I learnt that what we often just dismiss as ‘my stuff’ can be the very things that are making us feel stuck and rather dissatisfied with life.
Problems can start early on in our childhoods or come along when older. Either way, the experiences we endure can leave us feeling deeply hurt, disconnected, confused, lost and lonely. Anxiety and depression can stop us from living our full potential.
It need not be that way. We can learn to thrive. Not just survive.
How I work?
I work in an Integrative way drawing on Transactional Analysis, Person Centered Counselling and Gestalt Therapy. Focus on the therapeutic relationship is central to my client work. Do you feel understood? Do we gel? Are we comfortable working together? Do you feel treated with respect and compassion? These are important considerations for the counselling therapy.
My experience includes short term as well as long term therapy with young people and adults from varying social, economic and cultural backgrounds. I also incorporate aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness Practice in my work. These are particularly useful for addressing issues around anxiety and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
PROFESSIONAL DETAILS Diploma/BSc
DIPLOMA - Humanistic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
BSC - Reflective Therapeutic Practice (Middlesex University)
Registered member of the BACP
Supervision is an integral part of ethical practice and I have completed 200 hours of supervised face to face counselling to date. I see a supervisor regularly as part of the professional requirements.
Training in Reflective Therapeutic Practice has ignited deep personal awareness around the impact of my own script on my world view, personality and behaviors. This was life changing training where I really learnt to get in touch with fragments of my Self and bring them towards wholeness. Counselling training and over 100 hours of personal therapy have taught me to ‘walk my talk’ and live a more authentic joyful life amidst the existential challenges of life. I deeply value the role of counselling in this transformation.
Lead counsellor with charity Jeena. This involved setting up a short term counselling service (6 to 12 weeks) for victims of crime predominantly from the BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic, Refugee) community. I supported clients who were victims of domestic violence and asylum seekers with complex gender related and health issues.
Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service -geenral long term counselling for adults
University of Roehampton Student counselling service where I provided short term (4- 6 sessions) for students (18 to 25 years old) experiencing a range of problems particularly anxiety, depression and stress related to academic student life.
Cruse - long term counselling for bereaved adults
Mulberry Centre where I counselled adults affected by cancer. The work was predominantly around grief and loss not just around physical death but also around the loss of health, relationships, dreams, ambitions and life experiences just taken for granted.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Initial Consultation (30 minutes) Free - face to face or by telephone
Counselling sessions (50 minutes) £45
I work from two counselling rooms of one of which has disable access. Please let me know if you need this.
Multilingual service - English, Gujarati and Hindi
Week end appointments available
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Gujarati and Hindi|
Week days and weekends - can be flexible
Types of client