Harinder Ghatora BSc (Hons), MBACP
We all experience difficult points when life can become challenging and/or overwhelming. Many people find that having a quiet space in which to talk to someone who: listens without judgment; who helps them explore their feelings; and, helps them find their own answers to the things that trouble them, hugely beneficial. Counselling provides such a space. The combined experience of really being listened to, together with the gradual gaining of new insight into their difficulties can provide an individual with a unique opportunity to a) gain a greater understanding of their situation, b) see things from a different perspective and c) approach things in a different way. Ultimately the aim of counselling is to help a person to lead a more fulfilled life.
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) who can offer you a safe, confidential, therapeutic environment in which to explore your issues.
I work integratively, which means that my work blends together techniques from several different counselling models. I also work holistically because I believe that we are multifaceted beings made up of many different aspects; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. An issue or imbalance in any one area can, and does, affect the sense of wellbeing of the whole. (Please note that although I hold the spiritual (transpersonal) dimension in my work, I fully respect the beliefs and values held by others at all times.)
I know from personal and professional experience how transforming and empowering counselling can be for anyone:
- Experiencing a life crisis and finding it difficult to cope (examples include bereavement, illness, the loss of a job, the ending of a relationship);
- Experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or other emotional difficulty;
- Experiencing relationship difficulties;
- Going through a period of personal transformation/development and looking to make major life decisions and reach goals;
- Looking for greater meaning and purpose in life.
(This is by no means an exhaustive list.)
I believe that we all possess the power and ability to find our inner strength and bring ourselves back into a state of balance no matter what life throws at us. I see my role as empowering you to do this by offering you a warm, calm, accepting environment in which to explore your issues.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such adhere to their ethical framework for good practice. I work with adults and young people in both short and long term work.
I offer an initial confidential assessment. This is an opportunity for you to meet me and view the space in which I work. This is also an opportunity for me to find out a little about you and what brings you to counselling. If you would like to take things further then we can agree a way forward for either short or longer term work as best suits your needs.
Sessions are held at the same time and day each week and last 50 minutes. Appointments are available during the weekdays, weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons. My private practice is based in the Norwood Green area of West London and has easy parking. I am based close to public transport and within easy reach of the areas covered by the boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Richmond.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Bsc (Hons) (London School of Economics)
- Dip in Therapeutic Counselling
I am committed to continued professional development and regularly attend seminars and training events.
I have been counselling in the NHS (specialist palliative care) since Jan 2009 with the MacMillan Service specialising in bereavement work. I also have experience of telephone counselling and working with parents of children with special needs.
In my private practice I have worked with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, divorce, redundancy, relationship difficulties, abuse, domestic violence, work related difficulties, life transitions, cultural and identity issues, ill health, low self esteem and bereavement.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 per session.
Reduced fees are available for students and/or those on low income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime and evening appointments Monday to Thursday and have availability on Sunday afternoons.