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MSc Counselling, PGD-IFP, BA, MBACP/391010

About me

Counselling is a process that could benefit everyone and anyone at any point of time in life. Often the simple act of becoming aware can bring about the necessary preconditions of being able to embrace and write your own narrative. Whether it be for a one-off session, short term or long term support, the simple act of expressing and sharing your story can be the beginning to a transformative and healing process. I envision to create a safe, confidential, accepting and non-judgemental environment for the clients to freely express themselves. Through mindful empathy and positive regard, the client is supported in the processing of trauma and eventually rewiring a person towards healing- through an increase in objective insight, and positive change. 

I find my work heavily inspired by the thinkings of Carl Rogers, and Abraham Maslow, who were a few of the founding fathers that established the humanistic school of psychotherapy. Their thoughts brought together the belief that humans can firstly realise, and, then embark on a process of actualising on their inherent potential, in a supportive environment.  Now, in the process of exploring ourselves through life, there do come about obstacles in various forms, and figments. However, successfully overcoming said challenges can allow one to continue building towards a fulfilling and satisfying life. 

The therapeutic environment during sessions is primarily grounded in the client centred pursuit of enabling my clients towards achieving union with their inherent potential to meet their therapeutic goals. Effectively, the process of therapy is directed by the client in terms of their comfort and trust in the relationship. This approach stems from the perspective that challenges with mental health can be overcome through individual effort and collaboration. Additionally, to promote the therapeutic process, I use techniques from various schools of psychology and mindfulness to explore my client’s story. Therefore, through the sessions the client leads the way in helping me understand their side of the picture as we collectively analyse their story and move towards gaining a neutral and grounded perspective regarding the situation. The increasing insight aids the process of facing the obstacles and overcoming them collaboratively, in a safe, accepting and non-judgmental space. With the eventual aim of empowering the client to successfully work through their challenges independently. 

Scientific research and personal experiences have reflected how the mere act of listening to someone openly, in a non-judgemental manner can allow a channel of powerful catharsis to occur. Building on the inspiration, the sessions run on the basic principle of active listening which I aspire to impart throughout each client’s journey. In listening to you, I may at times probe with questions or challenging thoughts, sensitively balanced within the boundaries of trust established with the client. The idea is to break down the larger challenges being faced by the individuals and present them as smaller chunks to be tackled through our sessions and outside of them. Thereby over time, enabling the client to extrapolate the skill of objectively approaching the situations life presents them with and tackle them in a relatively simpler manner.  

I believe in working in an LGBTQIA+ affirmative way, to support clients to explore their gender, sexuality, body and identity. In addition I also work with clients from all forms of faith- religious, atheist, spiritual, agnostic and beyond. To further my service, I continually participate in professional development seminars and ardently believe in the value of signposting as a facet towards providing wrap around support to my clients. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been in the field of Mental Health (working/ researching) for 6 years now having worked with complex trauma, anxiety, depression, substance misuse, PTSD, psycho-education and mental health awareness. I work with my integrated knowledge of the various schools of Psychology in order to suit the needs of each individual client, in essence tailoring each journey in accordance with the client’s personal aspirations. 

I am a qualified BACP registered (MBACP) integrative therapist, with a post graduate Counselling degree from Bangor University, prior to this I hold a PGD in Investigative and Forensic Psychology from the University if Liverpool. My academic training has equipped me with the ability to serve both Forensic and general populations. I am currently a registered individual member (MBACP) of the BACP and therefore abide by their ethical standards in practice. Additionally, in line with GDPR and BACP guidelines, any and all client data will be kept confidential and secure with encrypted passwords. In addition, as per the ethical standards and requirements of the BACP my client work is actively supervised by a Clinical Supervisor. Supervision aids me in the process of adapting my practice to better suit the needs of my clients through reflection and analysis of my therapeutic approach and relationships.

In terms of prior experience, I have rich experience working with children, young people, and, adults towards ensuring their well being and positive mental health development. Furthermore, I have spent time working with individuals struggling with Autism and other learning disabilities using Applied Behavioural Analysis.

Having worked in the third sector increasing accessibility to mental health for a while, I have also spent time supporting people in work / those seeking employment with mental health struggles, worked with employee assistant programs, bereavement support work, communication, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, depression, panic, challenges with self-esteem, self-harm, trauma, abuse, anger-management, addiction, drug-use, PTSD and hallucinations, somatic pains.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

An individual may face a broad range of challenges, whether or not listed above. I feel that within the self in a grounded environment people also hold the ability to successfully manage said challenges.

The process of harnessing the ability to self manage the obstacles can be started through increasing insight and acceptance and is something that can be achieved through active communication. So please feel free to get in touch!

Fees

£42.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

The session usually runs for 1 hour and the price is £42 per session. There is a reduced price for students/trainees. People on benefits and other exceptional cases will be  given due consideration (please get in touch to discuss your situation).

I offer an initial conversation (phone or video call) of up to 20 minutes (free of charge) to discuss your case and for both (all) parties to understand if there can develop a foundation of trust between us and if we would be comfortable in working with each other. I shall aspire to respond to all queries within 48 hours.

When I work

I work on a flexible approach that allows me to accommodate sessions at various points through the day. If you have a specific time in mind please get in touch and we can make it work :)

Further information

I am trained in delivering remote therapy and have been successfully supporting clients through the same medium since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, I am also a qualified mental health first aider, trained in managing vicarious trauma, bereavement, bereavement by suicide and dementia.

Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Additional languages

Punjabi
Urdu

Hindi

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom
Amogh Chitkara

Amogh Chitkara