U. Priya Vigneswaran, CPsychol
Deborah Ubee Trust
20 Egerton Drive
Centre For Counselling Training & Therapy
67-69 Widmore Road
I am an experienced child and family therapist and clinical psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Family life is often joyful but can sometimes be difficult. Many families with children experience periods where life can seem more difficult and problems arise in their lives that can cause anxiety and distress.
These feelings may be experienced by one individual or as part of the relationship between partners or between parents and children. I am a clinical psychologist and offer a supportive, caring and non-judgmental space where families can reflect on the situation at these times and explore different solutions to their problems.
I develop a collaborative and respectful partnership with families that places the family and individuals as the expert on their lives and honours the skills, experience, knowledge and significant relationships of the people who come to meet with me.
I help families understand their situations and their behaviours by examining together the stories they use to shape their lives. I have found that even in the face of distressing, frightening or desperate situations, families still maintain a sense of hope and a wish for life to be better. We acknowledge the pain and difficulty of the situation, and I help families' harness their unique imaginative and creative problem-solving resources that allow them to discover new choices. As they do so stories of hope and change begin to emerge.
Families' difficulties are unique and unlimited, however, to give you a sense of the sorts of issues I have helped some families with, they include:
- coping with pregnancy and a new baby
- antenatal and postnatal parental issues including postnatal depression and responses to birth trauma,
- Infant related issues including sleep issues and feeding problems
- toileting issues
- temper tantrums
- fear and anxiety problems
- childhood depression
- loss and bereavement
- impact of chronic illness on children and family members
- school refusal and school issues (e.g. bullying)
- conduct problems and setting limits
- parenting advice and support
My therapeutic style is based on a systemic narrative therapy approach and incorporates questions and conversation to explore your situation, information and support in parenting techniques as well as play therapy techniques when appropriate.
I work with individuals or family members depending on the nature of the problem. Usually a session lasts fifty minutes. One might have 3 - 6 sessions at weekly or fortnightly intervals, and then review. Alternatively a single session might be enough to make a difference.
I usually want to meet with the whole family first, but may also work with people on an individual basis, or suggest individual sessions within a series of family meetings.
Sessions take place in consulting rooms at Healthwise Therapy, Blackheath which is accessible by bus or train and there is free parking nearby.
In conjunction with family therapist, Pete Brown, (see below) I also provide a consultation service to families who wish to seek advice and further information relating to problems or difficulties from a single one-and-a-half hour session. In this extended session the family meets with both myself, a clinical psychologist and family therapist, Pete Brown and discuss the difficulties they have been facing. Pete and I will join with the family to share our perspectives on the situation, provide some understanding of how this may fit in with ordinary processes of child development, help the family consider new perspectives and offer some recommendations to assist with the problem. This will be followed up with a letter sent to the family, outlining the discussion and any recommendations for ongoing assistance with the problem.
Who is this service for?
Families who do not feel the need for short or long term therapy but would like to consult the advice of two multidisciplinary child and adolescent professionals and parents who wish to consult professionals for specialised parenting advice. I am happy to discuss the appropriateness of this service with those that may be interested but unsure of how it may benefit them and their family (see contact details below)..
Pete Brown is a qualified systemic family therapist and supervisor. He qualified at IFT (Institute of Family Therapy) in 2002. Pete works in an NHS CAMHS team in South London with children and families offering family therapy and parenting advice. He also provides family work in primary and secondary schools. Pete is especially interested in helping parents manage the stress of parenting and has a keen interest in positive parenting and promoting co-operation with children. As a father of a teenager, Pete is also interested in how parents can maintain their ‘parental presence’ and influence in the young person’s life during the teenage years.
Training, qualifications & experience
2008 Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Royal Holloway University, DClinPsy (included specialist training at the Tavistock Centre)
2002 Postgraduate Diploma, Applied Psychology BA, PGDip AppPsy
2002 Counselling training, Lifeline
1997 Bachelor of Arts, Major Psychology
1995 Counselling certificate, COPE
My training specialised in a range of therapeutic models including:
family and systemic therapy
Play therapy - including art work
Infant mental health
Maternal Mental Health and Infant well being
Paternal Mental Health
Cognitive Psychology and cognitive assessments of children and adolescents
Webster-Stratton parenting groups
Video Interactive Guidance in therapy
Child Protection assessments and support
Telephone counselling and suicide prevention
I have been working with children and their families across a broad age range from babies to adolescents for over 10 years, including working with several Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams, providing a perinatal service to first-time parents and their families, working with families where children have been fostered or adopted. I have worked with a wide range of families with differing cultural backgrounds across several boroughs in London, Scotland and Australia.
As a clinical psychologist my work draws on a research evidence-base to guide my practice and also to design group programmes for children and families based on the most recent clinical research and guidelines. I developed a program and CD for Relaxation for Children drawing on current clinical guidelines and I am currently delivering a programme I developed for parents-to-be on Bonding with your Baby, which is drawing on the most recent research on infant emotional development.
I have full indemnity insurance and adhere to the ethical standards of practice as established by the British Psychological Society. I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council.
I am also a mother of two children.
My PhD research looked at children and adolescents’ experiences of a cardiac treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which has been presented at international conferences and is currently being prepared for publication in a major international journal.
I am committed to ongoing training and professional development to extend my skills and ensure that my practice is always up-to-date so I can provide the best possible service to clients.
Intensive Narrative Therapy
Mentalisation and Mind-Mindedness with Infants
Parental Mental Health and Infant Well-Being
Working with troubled adolescents
Attachment focused therapy
Chartered Clinical Psychologist - British Psychological Society
Member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
Member of the Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice (AChiPPP)
Member of the Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH UK)
Fully Insured and CRB checked
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ante-natal and Post-natal Mental Health issues for Mothers and Fathers
Therapy Fees for Families or Individuals
£110 for an initial assessment session
£110 per fifty-minute follow-up session
£160 for an individual assessment and consultation
I am registered with many of the main healthcare providers, please enquire for further information.
"Priya Vigneswaran was the first counsellor I felt at ease with. She was great and helped me tremendously. I would recommend her without hesitation and will certainly go back to her should i need any help in the future. "
"Dr Priya was great - involving the whole family. Friendly and empathetic, Dr Priya was still a composed professional throughout. She gave us great ideas to help, with good success. I would recommend Dr. Priya to anyone."
"Priya is fantastic, very sensitive and understanding. It was a pleasure to work with her."
"As soon as [my daughter] met with Priya it was such a relief ... [my daughter] felt so much better in such a short time."
I welcome any questions you may have either by email or phone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Bromley, 10am-2pm; Greenwich: Saturday 9am-5pm.