Ajvir Kumary CPsychol - CBT Therapist/Counselling Psychologist
I am a CBT Therapist and Counselling Psychologist with 20 years experience based in Ilford and Bexley, Kent. My primary objective is to provide a welcoming, safe and positive environment in which my clients and I can work towards achieving your true potential
CBT is promoted by the Government's NICE guidelines as the initial line of intervention for most common psychological problems, such as anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks and PTSD. By using CBT the therapist aims to quickly identify problems and working with the client then develop the coping strategies and skills to resolve them.
I have been trained to work with a broad range of models and theories (CBT, brainspotting, psychodynamic, person-centred, existential and humanistic. In practical terms, my experience ranges from working with clients in short term therapy to working with severe and enduring mental health problems in longer term therapy. From my years of experience I have learnt that the relationship between the therapist and the client sits at the heart of the healing work that we undertake together.
For me it is vital that we recognise the importance of communicating and exploring understandings of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in a manner which is both clear and meaningful. Each person needs to be treated as a unique individual. Clients can choose which model and approach we work with. We can focus on the ‘here and now’ using CBT, explore the meaning of what has happened in the past or focus on their future and what we can change to make it a positive journey.
There is no set formula for successful therapy – life presents different challenges to all of us at various times. But I do know that I can help my clients move forward in a positive, supportive manner that helps them achieve a better understanding of how they feel and in doing so provide them with the insight and tools to make the right choices that will prove beneficial in their lives.
My comfortable, discrete practice rooms are located in Ilford, a 5 minute walk from Ilford Station and in Bexley close to the mainline station. There is parking at both premises.
I offer supervision on an individual basis.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Professional Accreditation
British Psychological Society (BPS): Chartered Psychologist
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): Registered Counselling Psychologist
2015 Brainspotting Part I, II, III
2005 Advanced Counselling Psychology (MSc)
2003 Counselling Psychology (MSc)
1997 Psychology (BSc Hons)
- 19 years’ experience of working in mental health in primary, secondary and tertiary care
- Currently employed as Lead Psychologist at the NHS Foundation Trust
- Previously employed in the voluntary sector setting up a mental health day centre
- Lecturer on the Certificate Course in Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Care accredited by the University of East London
- Academic and clinical supervision
- Private practice
- Academic research, published in the Counselling Psychology Journal
I am committed to ongoing training as part of my personal and professional development. I have just recently completed a training in brainspotting. Brainspotting is a brain-body therapy treatment method that uses eye positions to work through a range of emotional conditions. It is particularly effective for performance issues ranging from performance anxiety (e.g. public speaking, sports, acting) to trauma conditions (PTSD).
CBT for Anxiety
CBT for Depression
CBT for OCD
CBT for Bi-polar Disorder
CBT for PTSD
CBT for Psychosis- Institute of Psychiatry
CAT (Cognitive Analytical Therapy) Training
Psychodynamic Counselling – Tavistock Centre
DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)
EMDR training parts 1,2,3
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Fees for Individuals
Fee is dependent on what clinic
Registered with AXA/PPP,Aviva and Bupa.
Concessions are available for students and those on low income.