Chhaya Shah (MBACP Accredited) - Empowering Therapies
I am an accredited counsellor offering empowering talking therapies in Gujarati and English in a private practice by phone, Skype and face to face in West London. I offer Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Life Coaching.
I have 15 years’ experience as a Complementary Therapist and Lecturer and therefore have a sound understanding of pathology, including working with cancer patients and their families and the grieving process as well as other long term health conditions.
- “Sometimes we just need someone to listen and understand without judging”
I am available on weekdays from 10am to 9pm. Please contact me using my mobile or email. If I am not available to respond straight away, please leave me a message and I will get back to you.
Who I work with
I work with adults, couples, families and young people to deal with anger, anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), domestic violence, sexual abuse (including childhood sexual abuse), social anxiety, disassociation, phobias, Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (OCD), stress, goal setting, bullying, loneliness, bereavement, loss and other significant trauma.
If clients have a fear of being touched I can use Body Psychotherapy to help them connect physically, emotionally and mentally, thus enabling them to let go of their hidden anxieties including the unspoken shame and guilt that lies within.
My Counselling Approach
I am highly experienced in working with ethnic minorities and regularly offers sessions in Gujarati. I have a keen interest in working with clients affected by trauma, particularly post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of domestic violence, sexual assault including childhood sexual abuse, bullying, phobias, forced marriages, FGM, fleeing war and terrorism, asylum and immigration issues. I have written reports for court hearings and attended court as an expert witness.
I work integratively and collaboratively with clients to help them understand how the mind and body affect each other, using a holistic approach. I can help clients work through traumatic experiences without having to verbalise events, if they are too overwhelming. My approach includes using TF-CBT, EMDR, EFT, Rewind Technique and Mindfulness in order to reduce distress, panic, anxiety and depression. I offers a positive psychological approach by motivating clients to make emotional and behavioural changes in order to build up self esteem and improve their mood.
Relationships between two or more individuals can be very stressful and can impact work/life balance. I believe that all relationships include working collaboratively and compassionately as a team and this includes helping clients to build a relationship with themselves. I help clients navigate their way through their difficult journey, offering hope along the way.
I supervise complementary therapy practitioners and psychotherapists in group and individual settings working with their preferred models, whilst sharing insight of my own. This helps me to continue my journey by learning from others.
I sometimes use creative mediums such as Play Therapy, in order to work experientially when clients cannot find the words to express themselves.
My philosophy is to work relationally with clients, in order that they can get their voice heard, and I believe that (by booking a session with me) this is their time and their space to be themselves, even if this means getting to know who they are in today’s world.
I offer clinical supervision in English and Gujarati to trainee and qualified counsellors of different modalities by Skype, telephone or face to face.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a therapist since 2001 including working in the charity sector. I specialise in working with significant trauma and have worked with many ethnic minority clients dealing with race, culture and abuse.
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Practitioner
- Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor / Psychotherapist
- Integrative Clinical Supervisor
- Solution Focussed Therapy
- Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner
- Rewind Technique Practitioner
- Life Coach
- Lecturer and Facilitator
- Massage Therapist and Reiki Master
I can offer sessions in English or Gujarati.
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Clients (Adults and Young People)
Face to Face / Skype / Telephone (60 – 120 minutes)
Therapies included: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling Psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Life Coaching, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Therapy
£80 – 60 minutes, £130 – 90 minutes, £180 – 120 minutes
Treatments at Home
£120 – 60 minutes, £160 – 90 minutes, £210 – 120 minutes
Clients (Couples and Families)
Face to Face / Skype / Telephone (90 – 120 minutes)
Therapies included: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Therapy
£160 – 90 minutes, £200 – 120 minutes
Treatments at Home
£210 – 90 minutes, £250 – 120 minutes
Body Psychotherapy (Adults only)
£100 – 60 minutes, £150 – 90 minutes
Face to Face / Skype / Telephone (60 – 120 minutes)
£60 – 60 minutes, £100 – 120 minutes
£90 – 60 minutes, £150 – 120 minutes
Concessions offered for
*** EMDR for PTSD SPECIAL OFFER ***
25% Discount on counselling sessions in 2020-21 for adult clients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Must agree to having sessions in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Some sessions may be recorded. Payment required in advance. This offer is available face to face at our clinic in Twickenham, West London or by telephone and Skype for national and international clients. Cannot be used with any other offer. Text PTSD2020 to 07979 854450
*** CLINICAL SUPERVISION OFFER ***
30% Discount on counselling supervision. Face to face or Skype Individual Clinical Supervision for trainees and qualified therapists. Weekdays and evenings only. This offer is available face to face at one of our clinics in Twickenham or Ealing, West London or by telephone and Skype for national and international clients. Cannot be used with any other offer. Text SUP2020 to 07979 854450
*** NEW COUNSELLING AND LIFE COACHING CLIENTS ***
For new counselling and life coaching clients only - We offer the first three sessions for the price of two. This offer is available face to face at our clinic in Ealing, West London or by telephone and Skype for national and international clients. Sessions are charged at the full price and cannot be used with any other offer