Kanta Patel FdA, MBACP (Accredited), UKRCP Reg. Ind. Counsellor
You’re not on your own if you’re feeling anxious, depressed, alone, feeling isolated or struggling with your mental health. Most of us are finding it very difficult to cope at the moment. Don’t struggle on your own.
“It’s OK to NOT feel OK”
Would you like to manage your emotions better and find ways to feel more positive and start to take control of your mental health?
Let’s start talking
Sometimes it’s easy to ignore what we are actually feeling and to notice what our body is telling us. Noticing what we are feeling is very important for our mental health. Our mental health can change over time when we are suddenly faced with demands or changes in our circumstances. Not everyone can find resources or are able to cope with sudden changes on their own. We need support from our friends, family or someone who can listen to us without being judgemental or telling us to snap out.
We may feel lost, powerless, ashamed, alone, guilty or even blame ourselves. Many more thoughts can keep on entering our mind without our permission and we can’t find ways to stop unwanted or unhelpful thoughts multiplying.
Struggling with mental health problem isn't a sign of weakness. We can’t suddenly recover or be freed from some negative or undesirable condition and emotions that we are feeling. Mental health affects our thinking, emotions and behaviours. Some of us may experience extreme and unexpected changes in our mood; such as feeling more sad or worried than normal. For others, it means not being able to think clearly, not being able to communicate with others, or have the ability to explain what we are feeling. Everyone has mental health.
We may feel scared to ask for help with our mental health as we are sometimes made to believe that we will be given medications which may come with unwanted side effects or we may end up taking them for the rest of our lives. Seeking counselling or talking therapy might be very new to us and we may not feel comfortable talking to a stranger. It’s okay to talk. Why not give it a go.
Few steps you can take while you decide to seek help either for yourself or someone you know
Listen to your body and accept what you’re feeling. Don’t ignore warning signs or worry about what others will think or say. If you suddenly lose interest in activities that you previously enjoyed, feeling anxious or nervous doing things which seemed normal and simple before. Not wanting to socialise, self-harming or having increased negative thoughts. If someone you know is struggling with mental health problems then talk to them gently and find out all you can about their conditions and with their permission talk to someone who can help them.
People may become extremely quiet or withdrawn. They may suddenly burst into tears and may seem angry or very anxious.
A = be alert to what you are feeling and sensing
B = take a few slow and deep breaths if you suddenly feel anxious and start to panic
C = call someone for help, connect with people, it’s okay to ask for help
You don’t have to struggle on your own anymore. Let’s talk! Sharing thoughts and concerns in a safe, confidential environment allows you time to explore feelings honestly and openly, as much or as little as you wish.
Due to the Coronavirus (covid-19), you may be feeling alone, worried, stressed, anxious, depressed, or worried about your health. If any of the above describes you, please call me. You don't have to suffer alone.
You can email me at email@example.com or call me on 07561 368 389 to find out more.
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If you're reading this, it is likely that either you or someone you know could benefit from seeking counselling/therapy support. I respect, value and accept each and every clients regardless of their cultural background.
The struggles we face vary from time to time and from person to person. To one, a specific problem can seem very small, however to another the same problem may seem immense and impossible to cope with.
This does not have to be the case as there are many ways which can help ease some difficulties and take away some of the pressures, stress and anxiety. One well known method is called counselling.
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and all my sessions are confidential. I have worked as counsellor/therapist for agencies specialising in areas such as: anxiety, stress, panic attacks, couples counselling (or relationship therapy), low self-esteem, compulsive behaviours, bereavement, eating disorders, childhood trauma, domestic abuse, depression, self harm, anger management, cultural issues, cross cultural relationships, living with an extended family, supporting carers, relationship between young adults and their parents, coping with separation and divorce, letting go of past, affairs and betrayals, long term mental and physical health difficulties.
My aim is to create a safe and supportive space for you in which you can talk and explore your feelings, anger, frustration, beliefs and thoughts without anyone judging you or telling you what to do.
I offer counselling/therapy sessions in English and Gujarati.
Seeking counselling help in many cultures can be difficult. I am able to offer Asian counselling, and am also a Gujarati counsellor.
I believe in working together. I respect, value and accept each and every clients regardless of their cultural background. Whilst working for MIND, a Women's Centre, Place2Be and other agencies, I have gained experience in working with clients from a great diversity of backgrounds. These backgrounds included British, Asian, Indian, Turkish, Muslim, Pakistani, Punjabi, Jamaican, Irish and more..
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We find it difficult to trust people. At times, we try to put on a brave face, ignore the problems and simply hope and pray they will disappear.
We tend to feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss these issues with others and we may end up suffering even more because of it. These issues can be very sensitive, difficult and stressful and can also leave us feeling as though we are not worthy and that we are all alone. This can subsequently lead to depression, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, mental instability and the inability to enjoy our lives.
The struggles we face vary from time to time and from person to person. To one, a specific problem can seem very small, however to another the same problem may seem impossible to cope with. Seeking help can often seem daunting, especially when considering pride and being seen by family or friends. Sometimes it can seem easier to simply close our eyes and pretend everything is fine.
The problems we face may seem immense and impossible to overcome. This does not have to be the case however, as there are many ways which can help ease some difficulties and take away some of the pressures, stress and anxiety. One well known method is called counselling.
Counselling is a form of psychological therapy, often known as ‘talking therapy’. It is a method involving expressing and exploring feelings and coming to terms with the problems and then finding better ways of coping. See counselling page for more information.
Could you benefit from talking to a counsellor?
Counselling offers an opportunity for you to talk to a professional therapist to help you understand yourself and your situation. Counselling can help you see things more clearly, perhaps from a different perspective. It can enable you to make choices and reduce confusion.
I provide brief and longer-term therapy to clients dealing with a range of emotional issues, including anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, compulsive behaviours, eating disorders, childhood trauma, domestic abuse, depression, self harm, anger management, family issues, relationship between young adults and their parents, long term mental and physical health difficulties.
How counselling can help you:
My aim is to provide a non-judgemental, safe and supportive environment for you in which you can talk and explore your feelings, be it anger, frustration, beliefs and thoughts without anyone telling you what to do. By listening in a focused and purposeful way, I will help you to access your inner resources and engage in a more effective way with whatever is distressing you.
You don’t need to deal with your problems alone. Give me a call or email me to find out how I can help you. Make that call. "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." Benjamin Franklin
Comments from my clients.
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"At first I was scared of going to counselling as I wasn't sure if I would be able to talk to a stranger who would be able to understand me, however, in Kanta I found a friend who was willing to listen and give me the time I needed to be able to let my feelings out. At the time of counselling I had hit a crossroad in my life and Kanta helped me to see things from a different perspective so that I could think with a clear head and make the right decisions for my life. Kanta was always understanding and most importantly honest, and this helped me to understand myself and my surroundings in a much better and positive way.
I am very grateful for the help and support I have received from you Kanta, thank you."
"I have found my sessions with Kanta to be invaluable in starting to change my patterns of low self esteem and confidence. Within a few sessions I had already noticed that I was approaching things in a more positive way and almost 'stepping outside' myself to change the way I dealt with family and work situations to best effect. I had suffered with self doubt, feelings of guilt and low confidence for most of my adult life but now feel positive about the change it has made and am looking forward to the future."
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a counsellor in a primary school, working with children therapeutically and have also gained experience in working with mothers and their children who suffered domestic abuse at one of the agencies where I worked as a counsellor/group facilitator.
I graduated from the University of Middlesex with a foundation degree in Person-Centred Counselling.
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor (Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapists) and adhere to the guidelines of their code of ethics, good practice and am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and Psychotherapy.
• Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling (FdA), Middlesex University
• Accredited Member of The British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy
• UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Certificate in Coaching with Coaching Academy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Our first meeting/initial consultation is an opportunity for both of us to meet and for you to ask any questions you may have regarding the sessions and for me to find out what your goals are. Most important, to consider what might be most helpful for you at the moment and what you wish to achieve from counselling.
I offer online and telephone counselling service. Fees for online counselling are as follows.
£45.00 for one to one counselling.
£60.00 for couple counselling.
Let’s talk. Due to the Coronavirus (covid-19), you may be feeling alone, worried, stressed, anxious, depressed, or worried about your health. If any of the above describes you, please call or email me. You don't have to suffer alone.
Please call me if you need to talk.
I offer day time, evening and weekend appointments.
I offer counselling sessions in English and Gujarati.
If I could be of any help to you, or you feel that we could work together, I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07561 368 389.
Kenton practice is situated in Kenton Harrow, HA3, easily accessible from Kingsbury, Stanmore, South Harrow, Harrow Weald, Harlesden, Edgware, Hendon, Wembley, and Kilburn.
Nearest tube station is Kingsbury (Jubilee line) or Preston Road, Northwick Park and Harrow on the Hill (Metropolitan line) are close by.
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It felt wonderful to support 'Feel Good Friday' again (second year), by making a donation to Samaritans on Friday, 1st February 2013, from each sessions booked on that day. http://www.kantacounselling.co.uk/
Samaritans’ Executive Director of Fundraising and Communications, Rachel Kirby-Rider said: "Thank you to Kanta Patel who is helping make Feel Good Friday such a successful fundraiser. Samaritans receives a call for help every five seconds, and funds raised will help us answer more calls from people struggling to cope."