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About me

As a British Asian who has lived in the UK for many years, I am able to relate to people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, having awareness of issues of race, diversity and otherness.

With experience in school counselling and with MIND,  I have worked with variety of mental health issues as anxiety, depression, low self esteem along with more complex long term therapy.

As a warm and approachable therapist, I believe that therapy is about healing process brought about by relationship created with you over time, towards developing your self- awareness and self-acceptance.

How I work

Trained as a psycho-therapeutic counsellor with background in dramatherapy, I use a variety of approaches tailored to suit your needs and personality offering short term and open-ended sessions on zoom, phone and face to face.

A typical session would involve a conversation in which I will listen with curiosity and without judgement, giving you time and space to express thoughts and feelings that might feel uncomfortable.  Raising awareness of how your thoughts and feelings can affect your body and breadth is also something I work with providing you a more holistic way of understanding and exploring your 'self'.

First Steps

So when you are ready to take that leap of faith, you can call me on 07757 128917 or message me if that's easier. I offer a free initial chat in which I look forward to learning more about you and how we can work together towards your healing process.

"It's not about the Cure. It's about the Healing Process."

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5
  • Foundation in Dramatherapy
  • MA Applied Drama (Distinction) (Using drama-based interventions in therapeutic settings)
  • Bromley Mindfulness Course
  • Ongoing CPD

As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am committed to working in accordance with their ethical framework and guidelines towards your best interest.  I have regular supervision and practice self care. I am also a member of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) and passionate about exploring and working with diversity and difference.

Therapeutic Experience

Counsellor in MIND dealing with a range of issues as anxiety , depression, low mood, abuse, anger, racism, low self-esteem, hoarding, bereavement, identity and relationships.

'Counsellor buddy' on community Hoarding Project with MIND.

School counsellor with primary and secondary schools.

Mindfulness teacher in gym and have done workshops in various settings.

Workshop leader using drama- based interventions in prison/palliative care.

Principal of a school for underprivileged children in India.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

From £55.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Individual Sessions from £55.00

Concessions Offered for block bookings. 

Availability

Currently I am available on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays  and weekends.

Further information

Currently I am doing research in walking therapy exploring how working in nature can help build and nurture therapeutic relationship towards empowerment and healing. Due to the Covid restrictions, I cannot take any clients but welcome enquiries by phone/email from those who may like to take part in the research or learn more about walking therapy.

Croydon
Surrey
CR0

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Gujarati, Hindi

Chandrika Patel

Chandrika Patel