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About me

Feelings sad, anxious, depressed, stuck or just overwhelmed? Such feelings can get in the way of your fulfilment and happiness. My aim to work with you with therapeutic intention, listening with kindness and without judgement in an environment of warmth and acceptance that can be empowering helping you to find a way forward and heal.

As a BACP registered qualified counsellor, my training was person-centred but I am able to use other methods towards a mind- body connection that can help you towards a more holistic understanding of yourself towards empowerment and healing. As a mindfulness practitioner, I would welcome those who would like to explore their story through particular spiritual tradition/beliefs that can help you to make sense of how you have lived and what you might like to change.

Finding a right therapist can be the key and in the first meeting, I will provide a safe and confidential environment giving you opportunity to experience how we might work together and what support I can provide you with in relation to your focus and goals. By asking questions about your past life and present will be able to help me to identify if I am best suited to help you.

I look forward to speaking to you and offer a free initial chat in which I will answer any questions you might have and how we can work together towards your goals.

"When I is Replaced by We, Illness Becomes Wellness." Malcolm X

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5
  • Foundation in Dramatherapy
  • MA Applied Drama (Distinction)
  • 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 awareness of 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.

My therapeutic experience ranges from running a school for underprivileged children in India, using drama- based interventions in prison/palliative care to working with self-expressive tools in primary and secondary school children alongside working with adults/carers in MIND dealing with a range of issues as anxiety , depression, low mood, abuse, anger, racism, low self-esteem, hoarding, bereavement, identity and close relationships. I am available for conducting workshops in a variety of settings on issues of well-being and mental health.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

sand therapy

Namaste therapy

working with psychiatric drugs

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Individual Sessions: £40+

Concessions: £30

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

In the ongoing Covid19 situation, I am currently only offering remote counselling using telephone and Zoom.

Croydon
Surrey
CR0

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Gujarati, Hindi

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

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

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Chandrika Patel Dip.Couns, PhD, MA

Chandrika Patel Dip.Couns, PhD, MA