Ribhu Goyal, MBACP, MBPsS, Ph.D Psy, M.Sc. Counselling & Psychotherapy
2/8 Victoria Avenue
I am an experienced and trained Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist (India). I am a Graduate member of British Psychological Society and Registered with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I formally took up Psychology as a subject matter about 16 years ago. 11 years ago, I started practicing as a professional in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy. My style of work is Integrative which is informed by various Schools of thoughts such as Psychoanalytical and Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Behavioural, Humanistic & Existentialist, Mindfulness Based Interventions. I use an eclectic approach which is a blend of different approaches and techniques to suit the client's needs aiming towards relief and long term sustainable change. I believe in constant review of the process and collaborate with each client to gauge what does and doesn't work for them.
I also practice alternative techniques such as Relaxation Therapies, Breath Work, different forms of Meditation, and willing to blend these with the therapeuitc process if the client wishes to.
The aim of my work is to enable my clients with certain skills and techniques which they are able to incorporate in their lives to achieve optimal wellbeing and then progressively working towards enhancing their quality of Life.
I offer short term, medium term and long term therapy.
In today’s fast paced life everyone experiences tension(s), stress(es), pressure(s) that play with our physical and psychological wellbeing. These are some triggers that pave the path for various conditions that take us far away from positive mental health & optimal wellbeing.
"Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community" - World Health Organization
Despite all the efforts and intentions to experience a happy, healthy and content Life, more often than not, we slip and connect with the opposite. One reason could be our lack of awareness and understanding of underlying variables that give strength and power to stressful life event to cause major disruption and upheaval in life in terms of emotional and mental wellbeing.
In addition to this fast paced life leading to tension, stress and fatigue, perhaps other significant contributing variables go unnoticed.
For instance, we often come to see ourselves from the eyes of others and lose touch with our true Self.
What I should be against what I am..
What They want me to be against who I want to be..
Connecting with "I" the way They expect or the way I am..
These are certain conflicts that we all as human beings experience. There could be times when inability to resolve these conflicts effectively might lead to much turmoil and unrest within the psychological system. When left unresolved for long time, these coupled with challenging life events and various other difficult situation may lead to pathological thoughts, feelings, beliefs and affect. Some of the common complaints reported are Guilt, Shame, Negative Self Image, Low Self Esteem, Worthlessness, Lack of motivation, Hopelessness etc. Major or minor mental health issues could also result depending on the history of life, current life events and genetic predisposition. Anxiety and related issues, Panic Attacks, Insomnia, Phobia, Depression, Self Harm, Eating Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, Obsessive and/ or Compulsive thoughts/ behaviors are some commonly reported conditions. It is also commonly reported that the above could lead to difficulties with establishing or maintaining relationships, performance at work, ability to enjoy life, socialization, confidence, intimacy, experiencing joy and pleasure in general or specific situations, feeling motivated, living a fulfilling and enriched life.
Therapy is a process that ultimately leads to a better relationship with oneself and others. In other words its about working with various aspects of ones life that are responsible for pulling them down due to rational or irrational (valid or invalid) reasons.
It is about taking one step at a time under the guidance of an expert towards freeing yourself from bondage of the painful emotions and experiences from the past that contribute to your inadequate or irrational view of yourself. Therapy provides a safe, confidential, trustworthy, warm and accepting environment to reconnect with oneself. Its a place where one is encouraged to remove the barriers comprising of negative and de-meaning thoughts, beliefs, feeling, perceptions, impressions, images etc that keeps an individual from connecting with the true Self. In simplistic terms, therapy is all about endowing the individual with a "tool kit" that enables them to connect with positive belief in themselves, have a good and healthy view of themselves and not feel trapped or helpless in difficult situation.
Based on client's needs and expectations, therapeutic plan is conceived with the aim to achieve long term sustainable change (transformation) in terms of quality of experience and outcome of Life. Therapy on one hand should aim at finding the root cause of the presenting complaint(s) and nip it in the bud but at the same time symptomatic relief in short term is deemed important.
In my understanding, human existence is multi layered and it is imperative that all the different levels are worked upon, Mind-Body-Soul. I look at the therapeutic process as a success when an individual reaches a place where s/he is able to believe in their ability to work through the complex emotions and thoughts without connecting with doubts. When the individual is able to work on both preventive as well as curative level without external intervention especially with regards to the initial complaints.
The Therapy process starts with Assessment Session of 60 minutes. It is a detailed discussion and an opportunity for both the therapist and the client to see how they connect in the professional therapeutic alliance. It also is an opportunity for the client to share the main concerns and ask questions. In other words, this Assessment Session gives you an idea about what therapy is & how is it likely to work.
Once initial bits are discussed and it is agreed that both the client and the therapist mutually willing to work together, a therapeutic contract is put in place. This includes the day and time of the appointments going further, mode of work, frequency and the duration of sessions and the term of therapeutic work. The therapist then discusses and collaborates (depending on the form of work agreed upon) with the client to conceive therapeutic plan.
Therapy could be life transforming experience for may. The therapeutic alliance between the therapist and the client plays a very important role in the outcome of the process. I encourage all the prospective clients to choose the "Right" therapist in addition to looking for the "Best" one. Right in this context means, a therapist who is able to understand you and the subjective aspects of your 'story'. Feeling judged, unable to say everything out, being cut short or interrupted, unable to get your point across to the therapist, missing cultural context are a few signs that need to be checked for. An effective therapeutic alliance is likely to feel warm, non judgmental, accepting, trustworthy and safe environment at enables an individual to open up naturally in due course. Its common for the clients to report a basic level of comfort and understanding with the therapist when that informs their choice of therapist.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold professional memberships with British Psychological society - BPS (MBPsS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - BACP (MBACP), International Association for Holistic Psychologists - IAHP, New Delhi, India and Indian Association for Alternative Medicines - IBAM, Kolkata, New Delhi, India.
My educational qualifications include M.Sc. in Applied Psychology, M.S. in Counselling and Psychotherapy, B. A. (Hons.) Psychology. Additionally, I am a registered medical practitioner with IBAM with certification in Reflexology, Su-jok, Reiki. Mindfulness and Rajyoga Meditation are two forms of meditation approaches that I have been practicing both personal and professionally.
- Anxiety and any kind of related issues/ concerns/ disorders
- Issues related with Self esteem, efficacy, respect, belief (Low confidence,
Shyness, nervousness etc...)
- Stress and related Issues
- Psychosomatic Disorders (Illness that originates with emotional stress or damaging
thought patterns, and progresses with physical symptoms, usually when a person's
immune system is compromised due to stress.)
I started working in India in the year 2005 as an independent practitioner and worked with children with special needs and their families, with both psychotic and neurotic patients (18-45 years), with childern (4+ to 17 years), with individuals and community wanting to become Self Reliant and Enhancing their quality of life (24-65years), adolescent girls belonging to lower socio-economic background (14-17 years), taking care of mental health and wellbeing of employees of a corporate organization (19-46 years) and as an independent therapist (20-65 years).
My educational qualifications include:
- Ph.D. Psychology,
- M.Sc. Counselling and Psychotherapy,
- M.Sc. Applied Psychology,
- M.S. Counselling and Psychotherapy,
- B.A. (Hons.) Psychology
I additionally am a trained and a registered medical practitioner of alternative medicines with Indian Board of Alternative Medicines (Registration No. IBAM/RMP/B-11546).
Goal of a therapeutic process for me has always been to make the client Self Reliant and Empowered to deal with various adversities of life; to enable them to minimize negatives and maximize positives in life, so that later in life they have all the tools and techniques to deal with rough times. For me therapy is successful if the client feels that he/ she would not need to come and see a therapist after the therapy is successfully closed.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Psychosomatic Disorder (Psychogenic and Somatogenic), Sleep Disorder
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
The therapy fees is based on either sliding scale or standard fee charge. Sliding Scale is to facilitate each of the client’s financial circumstances. Fee calculation using sliding scale is based on a simple formula:
1/1000th of your annual income + 25.
A standard fee of £70.00 is charged for the Assessment Session if the client wishes not to declare the income.
A limited number of appointments are available for students and low income groups. Though supporting evidence for qualifying for low fees might be needed.
Appointments are available throughout the week (including weekends) from 11.00 am to 09.00 pm.
In certain cases therapy sessions can be provided at your home at special prices.
Therapy through Video Conferencing and Telephone are also available.
The Alternative modes of therapy such as Video Conferencing, Telephonic or Email/ Text chat are becoming more and more popular as it helps people who are constantly on a move or have time constraints or simply find it difficult to commit for a face to face session every week due to erratic schedule.
These modes are also becoming equally popular as face to face therapy, as they are cost effective and more affordable and provide enough flexibility without compromising on the effectiveness and success of the therapy sessions. But one thing than needs to be kept in mind is that not all the forms of therapy can be offered by alternative modes as in certain specific forms of complaints and issues the effectiveness is likely to be compromised. Its advisable to check with the therapist of your preference before deciding on the mode, that is likely to be most effective (both from time and money standpoint).
In my experience, the clients who are keen on working on themselves but are finding it difficult to fit in 'face-to-face' therapy they are proactively asking for different modes like video conference or telephonic more than email/ text chat.
I have been using these alternative modes of therapy for more than 5 years now and the process outcome is similar to the face to face therapy outcome. At present, almost 50 per cent of my work is using at least one of the alternative modes of therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||English, Hindi, Punjabi|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|