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Hari Shergill Counsellor & Supervisor BSc PgDip MBPsS MBACP [Accred] UKRCP Reg

St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4AA 01727 811822 01727 811822 07527 162540 07527 162540 Registered / Accredited
St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4AA

About me

I am an experienced accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor with experience in both clinical and private settings. I use various therapeutic approaches dependent on clients needs and can help with a wide range of issues.

What is Counselling/ Therapy?
Counselling/Therapy offers you  a safe, confidential and exploratory space  to talk about your current problems or concerns. The counselling environment  is an ideal place in which you can explore the confusing, painful or uncomfortable difficulties you are experiencing ,consider them from various perspectives, develop insight and work toward improving things in your life.

Therapeutic Approaches
I use various therapeutic approaches dependent on your needs. These approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.

CBT
The core of CBT is that one’s emotional and rational behaviour are strongly influenced by thoughts, beliefs and meanings (cognitions). Meanings in this context are the way an event is interpreted and so understood by the individual; different cognitions elicit different emotions. CBT can help in teaching a client how certain thinking patterns are causing psychological/emotional difficulties and how to manage connections between stressful situations and habitual reactions. Therapy focuses on how the client interprets events, the resulting behaviour and why now this behaviour is causing problems i.e. exaggerated responses. For some clients, CBT can provide the tools to think more clearly and calmly and can help improve better decision making. CBT has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and depression (sometimes in conjuction with drug treatments).

Psychodynamic Therapy
Psychodynamic therapy is an effective and proven evidence based therapy  and helps clients explore and consider how their past and present experiences may be linked. Difficult or painful feelings, difficult relationships and/or repeated patterns of behavior may be rooted in past experiences. Sometimes it is difficult to make the connection or understand why difficulties are being experienced. Exploring the past in terms of the present can help in developing a profound understanding of how past relationships or experiences and how we attach meaning and understanding to them, can affect the present. This approach also stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current feelings and behaviours. The client is encouraged to talk with their therapist about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people and the therapist focuses on the dynamics of the client/therapist relationship.Clients can then process their thoughts and feelings with a more useful perspective, empowering them to make positive change.

Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy
Existential psychotherapy and counselling is rooted in philosophical tradition as its framework as opposed to the traditional medical/diagnostic frame. Its aim is to understand and reflect on life. Existential therapy or counselling does not attempt to change clients in the traditional sense of behaviour. It makes no assumptions about the need or willingness to change because it is grounded in life itself, hence inviting reflection on client’s goals, intentions and attitudes toward life. We explore the inner conflict that a client may experience when confronted with some ultimate concerns in life. These include the inevitability of death, meaninglessness, existential isolation and freedom and its responsibilities. These four concerns form the foundations of existential psychotherapy and compose the framework in which a therapist interprets a client’s problem in order to develop a method to promote psychological/emotional wellness. Living and life are inextricably linked and the journey of discovering life’s limitations, boundaries and freedoms facilitate a client’s personal sense of self and sense of others. In essence, this mode encourages a wider perspective in therapy which is the difficulty of some of the dilemmas of existence (living).

Mindfulness Approach
Mindfulness is a specific way of intentionally paying attention to one’s thoughts. It is based on the idea that one negative thought can trigger numerous negative thoughts. This approach encourages people to be aware of each thought, enabling the first ‘thought’ to be caught so that it is seen as just a thought and not a ‘fact’. It encourages people to become aware of themselves; of their experiences, their thoughts and feelings, moment by moment. This allows us to live in the present moment and to gain some perspective of the way we feel and behave.

My Approach/Philosophy
I employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behaviour change that are designed to improve the psychological/emotional health of a client. In my experience therapy is a creative and authentic process which has the potential to encourage personal growth for the client. Depending on my clients needs I may use one approach or integrate numerous approaches.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Experience
I gained my clinical experience within the NHS as a counsellor with the Psychological Therapy Service. I have worked in other settings such as charities and GP surgeries and I have been in private practice for a number of years.

I worked in the private sector for 15 years ending my career as an international coordinator and planner. I changed direction when I embarked on a degree in Cognitive Science. My work as in a NHS pain management clinic gave me an insight into the complexities of living. These experiences have led me to working in the mental and emotional well-being profession.

Accreditation


* Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups
* British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited (MBACP Accred) Counsellor     and Psychotherapist
* BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Cert No:24799)
* Registered Independent (UKRCP Reg Ind) Counsellor and Psychotherapist
* Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Psychology – Roehampton University London
* BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science - University of Hertfordshire

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

Assertiveness, Bereavement, Borderline Personality Disorder Childhood Issues,  Divorce, Eating Disorders, Exploring Life & Living, Fear,  Lack of Meaning in Life, Living with Illness,  Loneliness, Mental Health, Narcissism, Neurosis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Paranoia, Parent-Child Conflict, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationships Issues, Self Development, Separation and Loss, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality/Intimacy, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Unresolved Issues, Work Issues/Stress/Relationships.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Session Fees

Individuals: £50.00

Couples and families: £75.00

Each session is 50 minutes. Initial consultation is 1hr and 15minutes.

Concessions

There is also some availability for lower cost sessions, for people with lower incomes and for students.

Private Health Insurance
I am a registered provider with the following insurance companies*:

  • Aviva
  • Cigna
  • Pruhealth
  • SimplyHealth
  • WPA

*For clients claiming through private health insurance scheme. Rates may differ.


Cancellation Policy
Sessions can be cancelled, and will not be charged if more than 48 hours notice is given. 

Further information

Testimonials

Some recent comments from letters and cards of thanks:*

“Just a note to thank you for all the help and  encouragement you gave me during our sessions together. I really feel that I’ve moved from ‘I don’t think I can’ to ‘I’m sure I can’. The realisations that were uncovered were so unexpected and I feel a much stronger person now that I have a clearer idea of my own worth” Jocelyn

“I kept on waiting to send this thank you note as I was convinced I’d be back to see you ! I’ve even managed to surprise myself at how strong I’ve become and how much easier I find it to deal with life’s hiccups and that is all down to you. So thank you so very much….” Sara

"Thank you for your help with my problems. I didn't realise how much I had bottled up, now I don't feel as down and burdened" Ben

* Client names have been changed to ensure confidentiality

1 Stonecross
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 4AA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

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

Hertfordshire Wednesday to Friday.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

BSc (Hons), PgDip, MBPsS, MBACP [Accred], UKRCP Reg.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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