Gurvinder Dhesi

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MBACP MA BSc (Hons) IEDTA (Accred)Counsellor&Psychotherapist
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Reading, Berkshire, RG4
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About me

My therapeutic aim is to enable you to enhance your life and live more fully. We will work collaboratively to identify the sources of your emotional difficulties. I will help you to gain a deeper insight into your struggle while getting to the root of the problem. I offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy from my private practice in Caversham, Ready, Berkshire RG4 in-person and online. My practice is easily accessible by car from Slough, Maidenhead, Winsor, and West London via A404(M) and Newbury via the M4 or by train from Reading Station.      

My theoretical background is integrative psychotherapy which combines carefully selected complementary therapeutic approaches and interventions in order to adapt and adjust to your needs.

In addition, my core therapeutic approach is Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), an emotionally-focused process based on the attachment framework. 

I am a member of the Black and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) and will work with you through the lens of your cultural experience. I offer therapy in English and Punjabi. I am committed to providing sessions in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space. 

I am qualified and experienced in working with clients who are neuro-diverse to help them identify and manage the emotional repercussions of living with neurodiversity in a linear world; this includes Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

I have over 15 years of experience working in NHS IAPT counselling and psychotherapy services, as well as in various therapeutic community-based settings. 

I am experienced in helping people who have difficulties with: 

Addiction; Anger; Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks; Bereavement and Loss; Depression; Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence involving Trauma-Focused Therapy; and Relationship Problems. Please see below for more details. 

About my counselling and psychotherapy

I offer evidence-based psychological therapy which is collaborative, respectful and tailored to you. My aim is to help you understand yourselves and to gain insight through self-knowledge and lived experience. My hope is that you get to know and accept who you truly are, and in the process find meaning in life and overcome its difficulties. By gaining insight you can take charge of your life and be empowered to make informed choices.

The way I work

I am trained as an integrative counsellor and combine approaches to psychotherapy based on the presenting concerns and needs of my clients. I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat all people in all situations as each individual’s counselling is specific to their individual needs and personal circumstances. I see individuals on a weekly basis. It's sometimes possible however to arrange a one-off single session or more intense blocks of sessions can be arranged which can be very effective during a crisis.

Area of Work
I am experienced in helping people who have difficulties with: Addiction; Anger; Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks; Bereavement and Loss; Depression; Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence involving Trauma-focused Therapy; Relationship Problems. I explain more about each of these below.

Frequently indulging in something that feels good at the time and then causes other problems is a vicious cycle that can be hard to get out of. It could be drugs, drinking, sex, anxiety, and the list goes on. Working together we will explore and identify the triggers that lead to the addictive behaviour and find new ways to break the vicious cycle you are in by making alternative choices to achieve positive change.

Are you experiencing feelings of rage that feel impossible to contain, leading to explosive outbursts, breaking things, becoming violent, arguing with the people around you, losing your temper quickly, and lashing out physically or verbally? We can work together to identify the triggers for your anger and to find different ways for you to respond and express your emotions appropriately. By learning methods to manage your anger you can use it constructively to motivate yourself or solve problems.

Anxiety, Stress, & Panic Attacks
Though these issues can affect different people in different ways, I have put them together under the same umbrella as they can all be debilitating and overwhelming in a similar way, causing difficulty with functioning on a day-to-day basis; you may find yourself avoiding certain social situations and other people, or put off carrying out necessary daily tasks and activities. Recognising the negative effect anxiety, stress, and panic attacks have on your life, and understanding that this is not OK is an important first step. Counselling and psychotherapy can help, as through working together, we will understand the difficulties you're experiencing and identify any underlying issues that may be causing your anxiety, stress, or panic attacks. Once your personal stress triggers are identified we will find new ways of coping thereby reducing their occurrence.

Bereavement & Loss
This could be grief following the death of loved ones, your own serious illness, or the loss of something or someone. Through counselling, I can help you with understanding your mourning process, explore issues that could potentially prevent you from moving on, resolve any conflict still remaining, and aid you in adjusting to a new sense of self.

If you're feeling deeply unmotivated and disconnected, unable to engage in life, or in a low mood that feels inescapable no matter what you do or try, constantly tearful and worried, having problems with concentration, irritable and intolerant of others, or indecisive then you may be experiencing depression. Psychotherapy can help you move forward.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
I have many years of experience working as a front-line practitioner with women and girls affected by domestic and sexual violence. I aim to provide trauma-focused therapy creating a therapeutic process that is reparation in nature, and building trust through transparency within the client/therapist relationship. I work at my client’s pace to create a safe environment where the presenting trauma can be explored. I will work collaboratively with you in order to restore the power and control that the abuse took away and to empower you to make your own informed life choices and not to be defined by the abuse.

Relationship Problems
Intimate relationships are the source of great highs and sometimes unbearable lows, whether it is with your family, partner or friends. You may also be finding work colleagues difficult or be struggling to adapt to different social situations while maintaining a true sense of 'me'. We can explore and understand the emotional dynamic that upsets the relationships most important to us.

Group Therapy

I offer 2 different kinds of group therapy; Psychoanalytic based and CBT based. I explain more about each below.

Psychoanalytic Based Group Therapy

“There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort, provided it is shared by a group.” - Erich Fromm

Psychoanalytic-based group therapy is a useful way for people who share a common problem to get support and advice from each other.
While a group may seem a bit intimidating at first, I have found from running therapeutic groups that once people overcome this worry they really benefit from meeting and sharing with others in the group. It can help you realise you’re not alone in your experiences.
The group will look at how the past is relevant to the present and I will guide you through this process. This type of therapy is concerned with how things are here and now. It is not possible to prevent pain and trouble in the future but we can build up emotional and mental resilience to become more able to cope with the problems and frustrations of life.

CBT Based on Group Therapy

“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” – Epictetus

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that looks at the way our thoughts and feelings affect the way we behave. CBT is based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle of behaviour. It aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other talking therapy, in CBT the focus is on your current problems, rather than issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Please visit my website to find out more about group therapy.

Personal approach

I work integratively and creatively using existing traditional theoretical frameworks identified under psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioural schools of thought. It’s not easy to convey meaningful information about talking therapy or myself as a therapist on a website. Research consistently shows it's the client/therapist relationship that is all-important, more than the approach used. Each person and the individual session is unique, so how I work is determined by what difficulties are being experienced at that time and the outcome hoped for. My approach focuses on the interaction between the two people in the therapy room.

Training, qualifications & experience

My professional qualifications and training

  • IEDTA Accrediated in the Core training in Intensive Short Term Dyamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)   
  • MA in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy - London Metropolitan University
    BSc in Psychology - Brunel University
    Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling - London Metropolitan University
    Understanding Trauma Certificate- Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation
    The Fundamentals of Therapeutic Mentoring in Addressing the Emotional Repercussions of Dyslexia - GroOops
    Essentials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)- Beck Institute
    Introduction to Intensive short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)- British Psychological Society (BPS)
    Working with Trauma - Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF)
    Working with Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence - accredited by the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
    Supporting Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse - provided by the Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC)
    Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) - provided by the Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC)

    I have recently completed the Core Skills Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and I am currently completing the Advanced year in ISTDP.  I also attend ongoing continuous professional development training courses as a part of my clinical development. I also have a growing interest in trauma work and will be looking toward further development in this field.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£65.00 - £85.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual and Couples counselling & Psychotherapy

Individual sessions cost £65 to £85 per session and last 50 minutes. Couples Therapy sessional rate is £130 for 90 minutes. I also offer concessional fees based on circumstances. Fees are payable by card transfers before each session and are non-refundable. Fees are reviewed each year and I will inform you well in advance of changes. I charge for missed or cancelled sessions outside of the agreed 48 hours’ notice period unless an alternative time during that calendar week is agreed.

Psychoanalytic based Group Therapy

Sessions last for 60 minutes and take place every week at the same time and place. The work is open-ended and the duration of the group will be determined by the members of the group. Each session costs £45 per person.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based Group Therapy

Each session will last for 2 hours and costs £45 per person. CBT based group therapy takes place over 12 sessions with group members making a commitment to attend all sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Friday 07:30-11:30 & 14:30-21:20 & Saturdays 08:30-13:30 

Further information

Fees Individual Sessions £65.00-£85.00 (50 minutes)

Couples Therapy £130.00 (90 minutes)

Reading, Berkshire, RG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

My practice is in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4, which is accessible via car from Slough, Maidenhead, Winsor, and West London via the A404(M) and Newbury via the M4 or by train from Reading Station. Free car parking outside the practice

Additional languages


Punjabi, Hindi

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