Ruma Verma -Acorn Therapy- Transactional Analysis -MBACP registered
Hello, my name is Ruma and I am a qualified counsellor.
Often, when we feel empty, stuck, low or are experiencing struggles in our personal or work life we may think about coming to counselling. We may have developed patterns of relating that are unhelpful and leave us unfulfilled and unhappy or ill at ease.
Counselling enables you to consider what the issues maybe, to explore how you think and feel about them and to uncover how you relate to others and indeed to life. It provides a new focus and reflective space to gain awareness and insight into your processes and to provide you with support and growth. It is a safe place to experiment to enable you to have choices and options going forward.
I respect each individual's unique experience. Our work will be to explore and uncover it's meaning working together.
I am particularily interested in the unconcious processes at work, and use attachment theory to inform my work.
The bulk of my experience is working with people with anxiety, depression, loss, sadness, grief and bereavement, relationship and family difficulties, anger management, work issues including stress and redundancy, trauma and abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
My approach uses transactional analysis. It is a theory about personality that enables us working together to understand how you maybe relating to others and also of communication so as to help improve your situation.
My work is empathic and compassionate and above all non judgmental. I work relationally so I will keeping a close eye on how we relate with each other and the unconscious dynamics that come into play between us.
In my work with couples I want to hear from you both to gain an understanding of the relationship as that is my client for therapy. How can we work together to foster better communication and understanding between the two of you? That is the key. After our initial meeting I may suggest a one-off meeting with one or other of you as well to grasp the issues of relating that maybe troubling you.
I will work with you for a time limited period or open ended and we can discuss this when we meet and agree what works for you. I understand how to take that initial step maybe daunting so please feel free to contact me by email or telephone to see how we may work together. I will contact you just as soon as possible usually withi 24 hours.
I am happy to discuss with you before you commit to coming as I understand how it is to initiate something that you are unsure of. However, it is the first step to looking after yourself. Let's start the conversation.
I am in the advanced and last stages of pyschotherapy training. I have over 5 years of experience working in the public and voluntary sector. I work with individuals and also couples. I also currently co facilitate a therapy group of 8 members made up of men and women.
I work in Twickenham and Wimbledon both of which are readily accessible by public transport or by car from Surrey and south west London areas such as Earlsfield, Tooting, Raynes Park, Richmond, Teddington, Kingston, Hampton, Hounslow, Osterley, Isleworth, Heston, Ealing, Brentford Hanworth and Feltham.
I look forward to hearing from you.....a free no obligation telephone call or brief meeting will be useful for us to have a discussion and see if we can work together. It is very much a two way process so you need to be comfortable with me too.
I usually suggest that after that you consider whether you wish to work with me.
Way in which I work
Generally people are unclear and unsure about a lot of things including counselling at the start.
I usually ask that after the first session and our mutual agreement to work together that you commit for an initial period which maybe 6 -12 sessions. That maybe enough but during that time we will be exploring the issues that have led to your coming and to see if they can be resolved, worked through, and understood.
We will then decide if a longer term or open ended therapy is right for you. Others maybe open to working open ended to find support in this increasingly isolated world we live in.
The session will usually be at the same time on the same day of the week for 50 minutes (individuals) and 60 minutes for couples.Research has shown that weekly counselling is hugely beneficial due to it's cumultaive effect hence the emphasis on a regular meeitng each week.
If you are unable to attend a particular session then I will see if I have space in that week for another slot.
I start and end sessions on time.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling training has all been at Metanoia Institute, London a highly recognised training institute with an excellent reputation.
Diploma in Pyschotherapeutic Counselling, Metanoia Institute.
MSc in Pyschotherapy, at Metanoia Institute to be awarded by Middlesex University (advanced stages).
BA (Hons) Middlesex University.
Volunteer Counsellor at Metanoia Counselling & Pyschotherapy Service in 2012 and West London Centre for Counselling and Wimbledon Guild since 2013.
I am a member of BACP, UKCP, IARTA and Metanoia Institute and am guided by their ethical principles to ensure my work is respectful and mindful at all times. My work is regularly supervised by trained and accountable supervisors.
I attend regular training for my development and growth as well as CPD.
I have experience in and work with clients presenting with various issues examples being depression, anxiety, low self esteem, stress, anger management, bereavement grief and loss, relationship and family issues, identity, health concerns, redundancy and work related issues, sexuality, and cultural issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
My fees are £55 for an individual for a 50 minute session with some concessionary places dependant on availability as my belief is that lack of financial resources should not be the sole determining factor.
For couples my fees are £70 for a session of 60 minutes.
My fees are reviewed on an annual basis on the 6th of April each year and the fees above take this into account for 2017.
My therapy space in both locations is close to public transport links with SW Trains and buses. There is also free parking in the TW2 area roadside subject to availability.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Punjabi and Hindi|
Mornings, afternoons and evenings weekdays,
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|