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MBACP Accred, Psychotherapist/Specialist Counsellor (Trauma)

About me

Hi, I'm Amrit. I am a qualified and accredited (MBACP Accred.)

I am trained in Existential Psychotherapy, yet the longer I do this work the more I realise that method / training is not as important as the bond / relationship between us. I am grounded, therapeutically agile and deeply compassionate, if you can trust me, we are halfway there. This is what helps.

When someone experiences violence their very sense of being is severed from the rest of life, fragmented, disconnected, amputated from the body of humanity. My job is to help you, slowly, to understand what is going on, to then try and pick up these broken pieces and see which ones you would like to hold on to and which ones to let go off. We will look at the loneliness and isolation; the shame and self-loathing that often arise; seeking ultimately to find meaning in what can be quite a confusing and chaotic world.

I am Human first, therapist second - on a level with clients, not a pedestal.

I bring a wealth of lived experiences that inform my practice and allows me to support people from a place of knowing, not just from my training (although I have that too). I have a deep vested passion and experience in working with trauma in the aftermath of rape and violence. I work with both women and men who have been raped or sexually assaulted. 

So why would you or anyone seek therapy?

Often we think of coming to therapy when most things we have tried up to this point have stalled. Love has gone wrong, work is meaningless, or the emptiness within continues to grow. There can be pain, confusion, rage.

Therapy helps to open up what's locked within. And it has helped many of my clients. Please see testimonials below. Together, I will work with you to understand yourself, your feelings, ideas what you can and cannot say; to make sense of your experiences with others along with looking at what it means to be alive in the world in which we live.

What to expect in your first session

Therapy and the safe space I have for my clients allows for deep often intense reflection. I sit and really listen to what you need to say (and sometimes to what isn't). I understand how vulnerable you may be feeling and I would help you with that. My aim is to help you, via a healing therapeutic alliance, to seek clarity; to reclaim your power and sense of control; to understand loss, shame, the impact of life's disappointments, the role of hope, of longing, connecting and belonging so that we begin to re-establish what you need to feel more alive.

I will ask you a few questions if I feel I need to, to help open the session as such. In these session, you would take the lead to explore issues of concern. And I will listen completely with the intention of meeting you in your world and your lived-experience. From my point of view as therapist, I am not trying to “reflect feelings.” I am trying to determine whether my understanding of my client’s inner world is correct — whether I am seeing it as he or she is experiencing it at this moment.

You don’t need to have a list or an agenda for the first session or for any sessions with me for that matter. Having worked with many clients I have complete faith that all that needs to be talked about and looked at, will come to the surface naturally and ask for the attention it deserves. So don’t worry about expectations for your first session. Just turn up. At the first session we will decide how we will work together i.e. number of sessions, frequency i.e. weekly or fortnightly etc.

My commitment

I work hard to challenge the myths surrounding violence and the language often used when speaking of a such experiences as language is a powerful thing - it can further embed myths or it can make people see the truth and see it for what it is - not hide it or worse yet pretend it isn't when it is. I will be here for you, to stay, listen and support you - I can and want to help.

Questions before we start

Please just ask. No question is irrelevant. And if you have mobility issues please do talk about it with me when we first speak as I do not have disabled access.

Training, qualifications & experience

Specialist Counsellor/Psychotherapist with a Masters degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling attained in 2010. I completed a post-graduate certificate in Trauma at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

My clinical work has been with the NHS (The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre based within King's College Hospital), the prison service, detention centres and various mental health and wellbeing organisations including The Self Space and The School of Life.

In addition to individual therapy, I provide clinical supervision to trainees and honorary counsellors and facilitate interpersonal and reflective groups for women.

Educational Experience and Continuing Professional Development:

  • Advanced Group Facilitation - Gestalt Centre
  • Clinical Supervision - Metanoia Institute
  • MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling - Middlesex University
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy - Birkbeck University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Understanding of Trauma - Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
  • From Flirting and Banter to Sexual Harassment and Rape: The Role of Power and Control in Sexual Violence - Organised by nScience, facilitated by Christiane Sanderson
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm - Organised by Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
  • PTSD Trauma and Beyond: The Essentials - with Dr. Heather Sequira and approved by the British Psychological Society
  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery - Organised by Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
  • Somatic Trauma Therapy - Babette Rothschild

Clinical Experience:

  • King's College Hospital
  • Health Assured UK
  • Professional Help GriefChat
  • Mind, Wandsworth and Westminster
  • Detention Action
  • HMP Pentonville
  • Homerton University Hospital (sexual health)
  • Terrence Higgins Trust
  • West London Centre for Counselling
  • Women and Girls Network

As a therapist, I have an incredibly privileged insight into the paradoxes of human nature please see my website (homepage) for more information - as because of this, clients can share anything and everything with me - and I will meet it with curiosity, compassion and care.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

National Counselling Society

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Further information

"When you are in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else." M Atwood, 1996.

Your story: it matters. 
... it isn't over yet.

Testimonials

"The initial session was my first interaction with Amrit, and also my first interaction with a psychotherapist. I gathered the courage to confront my relationship crisis and I made the step that I believed was the best for me at the time, I opted for a remote session through The School of Life. In our first session, even though I started very nervous, I began to trust her early and found her very warm and kind. She accepted me for ongoing psychotherapy with her and convinced me to have trust in the process. In the first weeks it was very unclear to me whether I make progress in my life or not, but I did expect the benefits to come in time. I soon realized that she is striving to make the best of our session time, asking key questions and making interventions with great finesse. She impressed me several times by asking precise questions that made me view the situation from whole new perspectives. Most of all I enjoyed that we made a connection and that she became to me an adult to whom I can confess intimate aspects of my life and have a mature second opinion, enhanced by her great experience as a psychotherapist. Her encouragement and reassuring gave me courage to work with myself in a more brave and systematic way. In our second month I started seeing real positive changes in my day-to-day life. I also appreciate that Amrit has shown flexibility in the schedule and that at some point I was able to continue the ongoing therapy thanks to her accommodating her schedule to my needs. Prolonging the ongoing therapy continued my self-development and I got comfortable in extending the therapy areas, including my career and my family. The latest part of our sessions have been a real changer in my general way of approaching life's hardships and day-to-day struggles. I thank Amrit for having the patience to analyze my life so thoroughly and pragmatically, for helping me make a big life decision in a mature way, and for offering me the guidance to the good inner state I have today!" Andrei M. November 2019.

"I saw Amrit in October 2016 after suffering a number of panic attacks and general anxiety over past and present family and personal relationships. Amrit was Incredibly kind, patient, thoughtful and provided the most easy, warm open space for me to just talk, release and heal. I was almost instantly at ease with sharing parts of my life I hadn’t discussed for years if ever with anyone, it was what I needed to move on. Amrit realistically provided me with an approximation of how many sessions I would likely require and offered me follow up sessions during periods that were heightened. Amrit also was available over the phone or email if and when required. As time has gone by and my strength has improved as well as coping mechanisms that Amrit put in place for me I often reflect on my time with Amrit and credit her whole heartedly with assisting me in finding my peace. I know if I go off course, that’s ok, and if ever needed, I can return and confidently speak with her again. Thank you again Amrit for your help x" Anon

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Malay

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