Leena Kothari-Seward (BSc, UKCP Reg, MBACP)
I am an Existential Psychotherapist committed to helping my clients explore their issues through a therapeutic relationship based on trust, honesty and respect. The existential approach lends itself naturally to taking a holistic view of oneself, ones relationships and ones place in the world. Sessions last 50 minutes and I am experienced at working remotely via Skype, Zoom or telephone.
Through the therapy process, I can offer:
- empathetic, non-judgemental listening
- honest, open dialogue to explore your values, meanings, choices and assumptions
- a philosophical perspective to enhance self-awareness and understanding
This approach offers a powerful means by which you can re-evaluate your issues and create positive, sustainable change. Over the years I have helped many people transform what may have started as a crisis, into an opportunity for personal growth and increased well-being.
With an academic background in science, many years working as a City technology analyst and first hand experience of parenting and inter-cultural issues, I believe I bring a rich and diverse range of personal experience to my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced, UKCP registered psychotherapist and trained in Existential psychotherapy at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent's College. I have over 20 years experience of working with adults in one-to-one counselling across a variety of settings.
I have helped clients with a wide variety of issues, such as:
- anxiety and stress
- anger management
- panic attacks
- relationship issues
- relationship breakdown
- work and career
- life choices and meaning
- death anxiety and life goals
- bereavement and loss
- domestic violence
- sexuality and gender
- identity, race, culture and ethnicity
- body image and eating disorders
As required by UKCP governance, I am in regular personal supervision with a senior therapist who oversees and supports my clinical work. I am also in continuous personal and professional development.
I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics and am a qualified and EMCC accredited executive coach.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work / life / technology balance
Standard rate per session - £90.00-£120.00, depending on time and practice location
The initial consultation will give you an opportunity to meet me, learn more about psychotherapy decide on the best way forward for you.
If you decide to continue, I would normally suggest a review at 6 weeks to check progress against your objectives. I accept both short term (6 weeks or less) or open-ended contracts, with periodic reviews.
I have a particular interest, specialist training and experience in the following areas:
- the inter-cultural realm exploring ethnicity, culture and identity
- the challenges of achieving a balance in work, life and use of technology
- the emotional preparation for motherhood.