Umaa Thampu - Dip.Couns MBACP(regd)
Balham Community Centre
91 Bedford Hill
07751 589 667
Welcome, my name is Umaa Thampu MBACP (regd) and I am a registered Gestalt Counsellor.
I became a counsellor after being inspired by my own journey as a client and I studied at The Gestalt Centre in London. My practice offers a warm, confidential and discreet environment in South London. I have over 10 years experience in a diverse mix of professional settings which include social services, youth charities and bereavement placements. I feel passionate about encouraging others to tell their stories of life, love and loss as this can empower and improve the wellbeing of individuals.
I work alongside you, at your pace and will ask you to reflect on what are your needs in this moment. I can help create meaning when life hits you with a ‘curve ball’. By recognising unhelpful patterns of behaviour, you can reduce internal conflict and develop a greater sense of compassion towards yourself and others.
I work with anxiety, trauma, identity, sexuality, relationships and cross-cultural issues. I thrive working with imagination and intuition, for example using drawings, noticing body sensations and I welcome any other creative possibilities. I enjoy working with groups, couples and individuals and I have had the opportunity to speak about stress management and mindfulness in occupational settings.
I practice from Clapham South SW4 and Balham SW12. All locations have good transport links to rail and tube. I am committed to continuing professional development and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
Thank you for visiting and I welcome any questions you may have, for more information please check out my website www.hereandnowcounselling.org.uk
Firstly I suggest an initial phone chat, no more than 10 minutes - no cost.
Its a quick chat to assess if it is suitable to go ahead with a Co - Assessment.
Co – Assessment is 50 minutes long and a mutual process. This would be designed to answer some questions that arise, for example: if I am the right counsellor for what you need at this time, clarify boundaries, what goals you would like to work towards, length of time you would like to work for and what you can afford towards fees and commitment. There would be a fee for this session.
After 6 sessions we would have a review to see if we continue or stop.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (BACP accredited) - The Gestalt Centre, London
Certificate in Humanistic Counselling - The Gestalt Centre, London
I am a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I abide by the BACP's ethical code of practice.
My work experience has been gained through several placements such as "Wandsworth Bereavement Service", "Off The Record" (Bristol) and "Balham Community Counselling Service" where I worked with clients covering many themes.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Relationship issues
My fees start at £50 per session for individual sessions, couples £60 per session.
I can work with both long term and short term, minimum being 6 sessions.
Each session is 50 minutes long and is weekly.
I prefer the payment of fees at the beginning of each session.
Please be aware that a cancellation fee applies if less than 24 hours notice is given.
"Umaa is warm and friendly and instantly put me at ease. She is compassionate, non judgemental and empathic."
"She listens carefully and what she picks up; she feedbacks in a gentle, caring manner."
"She made me feel safe and secure. She listens attentively and helped me to control my anxiety. Highly recommended."
What is Gestalt?
The word Gestalt is difficult to describe. If you Google the word there are many meanings, perceptions and images. The value of this approach lies in its diversity. There is no fixed method or one size fits all solution. Notice how many roles you play on a day to day to basis, e.g. Parent? Child? Friend? Partner? The list goes on and we recognise that all these different parts have different needs.
Gestalt is about working in the present but does not exclude the past. It is noticing body sensations and tensions and by raising awareness of the body we can become better equipped to self care.
I welcome any questions you may have.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some weekend / weekday availability.
Types of client