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About me

Welcome!

When you are looking to find a therapist, it can be difficult to know where to start from.  The information below will hopefully help you decide whether I am the right therapist for you.  I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) and an Horonary UCL lecturer specialising in treating anxiety, depression, and long-term conditions.

About me

When life takes us down an unfamiliar path, we may need help to find our way and overcome the challenges. Seeking help and being open to change require courage and strength.

My mission is to create a safe and confidential space where you can open up about what is going on in your life. I endeavour to help you feel more equipped with coping skills and self-knowledge. I hope that we can think collaboratively together and explore openly aspects of your life.

My training and experience

I am committed to evidenced-based psychological therapy. I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) fully accredited with BABCP. I have worked in the NHS for  the last 17 years.  

My clinical experience has given me insight into how no single approach fits every individual. This realisation motivated me to train in additional treatment modalities, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also have specialist training in Behavioural Couples Therapy and offer couples counselling.

I provide care to individuals, couple and families. I am experienced in treating depression,  anxiety, panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder,  social anxiety, OCD, trauma,  PTSD, life changes / transitions and relationship struggles. I am also a specialist in long-term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms. 

I have been a senior clinician in the NHS, where I provide clinical leadership and clinical supervision to staff. I am also an honorary lecturer at UCL and lecture on the topic of long-term health conditions. I take pride in how my enthusiasm and professionalism are evident in all aspects of my work. 

My approach to therapy

In therapy, I will invite you to self-reflect and understand better your experiences, thoughts and feelings.  This is because ‘self-awareness’ can shift ingrained patterns.

We will also practice coping skills together to help you feel more empowered and in control over distressing symptoms. Connecting with you and developing a trusting relationship is paramount for the process of therapy and the outcomes that we achieve.

Being a British Asian woman and having worked with clients from various different cultural backgrounds over the years has allowed me to develop as a culturally competent therapist. I appreciate how the stigma of accessing therapy can act as a barrier in certain cultures and helping you to trust the process of therapy may be an important part of our work.

Languages

I offer therapy in English or Punjabi.

About Spiral Psychology

I am also part of Spiral Psychology, a psychotherapy and consultation service. Spiral is a symbol of progress and change and our mission is to accompany individuals and couples to their journey of growth. 

We have strong links with psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists. Our guiding values include: individually-tailored therapy, change-oriented work, evidence-based treatment and the cultivation of a compassionate culture. We provide a professional, high-quality service from beginning to end. You can view further information at www.spiralpsychology.com

Feedback

"When I was referred to Harps I was suffering with PTSD, anxiety and depression following an abusive relationship. With Harps' intuitiveness, encouragement and friendly attitude it felt easy to open up and talk to her about the experiences I'd been through. These were experiences I'd never spoken of for a number of years yet I lived the memories over and over throughout that time. Using EMDR and talking therapy with Harps I was able to work through my issues quickly and almost painlessly. I thought going through therapy was going to be a difficult experience that I would run away from but it was the opposite. Harps is so easy to talk to it's like talking to a friend who points me in the right direction. I am now a strong, independent woman in control of my own destiny. I cannot recommend Harps highly enough.

Thank you so so much for everything you've done for me. You have literally changed my life for the better!"

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Training 

  • Long-Term Conditions Training, King's College London,  Sept 2019
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapies (ACT), University College London/ Contextual, 2018
  • ACT for Physical Health, Contextual Consulting, 04/2018 
  • EMDR Parts 1 - 4, EMDR Works, 2018 
  • Behavioural Couples Therapy, CNWL NHS Trust, 12/2014 

Qualifications

  • PostGraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Canterbury Christ University,  2010
  • BSc(Hons) Psychobiology

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.

BABCP

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have specialist training in psychological therapies for individuals who have long term health conditions. In particular, I have worked with clients who have suffered from Diabetes (type 1 & 2), Cardiovascular conditions, Respiratory conditions, (i.e. COPD, Asthma), Medically Unexplained Symptoms (i.e. IBS, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain,) & Long Covid.

Even if you aren’t able to change your condition, we can still practice strategies to help you reduce the impact of the physical symptoms on your overall wellbeing and strive towards gaining a better understanding of what is going on for you.

Fees

£110.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • WPA

Additional information

£110 per session for individual therapy

£120 per session for couple therapy

When I work

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Early morning appointments available e.g. 730 am

Spiral Psychology, 4 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1QW

Type of session

Online
Phone

Key details

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Additional languages

Punjabi