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MA MBACP - The Counselling Living Room: In Person + via Zoom

About me

Are you struggling with a difficulty in your life and need some help?
Would you like to improve your personal and professional relationships?
Do you want to talk to someone who will listen without judgement?
Is Coronavirus the catalyst for reaching out?

Hello. I’m Indira Chima and I run The Counselling Living Room® near St Albans where I offer space to talk so you can work through your difficulties in complete confidence.

The Counselling Living Room® is based in Markyate in rural Hertfordshire. It is a private counselling service founded on clinical excellence informed by up-to-date research.

I’m passionate about my work as well as the long term benefits of 'talking therapies' and am committed to making a difference to my clients' lives.

My counselling experience is diverse and includes:-

  • Relationship Issues
  • Couple Counselling
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Work Stress
  • Self Harm
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Disordered Eating
  • Abuse
  • Personal Development
  • General Counselling

I have helped clients overcome issues such as self harm, addictions, disordered eating and the emotional trauma caused by abuse. I work with individuals and also enjoy helping couples learn how to communicate and not just talk.

I know from my own experience that the world can be a pretty stressful place and that our daily lives can sap us emotionally and physically as we attempt to juggle our work and personal lives. This is amplified with the new challenges we face with Covid-19. It's this personal experience, combined with my first-hand knowledge of the business world and my specialist training, which have combined to make me the therapist I am ie. down-to-earth, forward thinking and solution focused.

I'm professionally qualified (to Master's level) and registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am governed by their professional Code of Practice and Ethical Framework. I also have further training in Couple Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Enhanced DBS.

I'm a firm believer in working with the whole 'person' and not the 'label' and this lays the foundation for the way I work. My counselling sessions don't involve you lying on a couch, looking at ink blots or answering awkward questions about your sex life! I'm a thoroughly modern practitioner and am dedicated to providing counselling in a straightforward, contemporary and relaxed setting.

If you would like an informal chat about your work life, pressures at home or in your head then pick up the phone or drop me an email or text and we can talk about how I can help you. I promise you listening ears, empathetic advice and total confidentiality! *:) happy

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Registered Member (046496)
  • NCS Accredited Member (NCS21-00017)
  • Master's degree in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling - University of Hertfordshire (UoH)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma (Pg Dip) in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling - University of Hertfordshire (UoH)
  • University Diploma in Counselling - University of Hertfordshire (UoH)
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • CBT Key Knowledge & Skills - The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT)
  • My other (non counselling related) qualification is BA (Hons)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Online (Zoom) Counselling

Online counselling allows you to see your therapist in the comfort of your own home. With more people at home and working from home, online therapy has become more appealing and convenient.

I use secure end-to-end encrypted video conferencing via Zoom and can work flexibly around your schedule.

Clients find it straightforward and beneficial and some even prefer it to meeting in person with sometimes faster, deeper results. Payment is easy too - I simply send you an invoice after our session with a remote secure payment link.

Contact me to set up a session.

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£80.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality

Additional information

  • £80 Individual Counselling - 50 minutes
  • £90 Couple Counselling - 1 hour


VITALITY Clients - DAYTIME ONLY.  Check counselling is covered in your policy and obtain an authorisation reference.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


Daytime, (limited) evenings + Saturday mornings


Further information

  • My comfortable home studio is tucked away on the outskirts of the village of Markyate (postcode AL3 8Q) close to the M1 (2 miles from junctions 9/10) + A5183 and within easy reach of Harpenden, St Albans, Luton, Dunstable, Watford and North West London.
  • Your counselling sessions will take place in a modern and stylish environment which reflects my way of working ie. straightforward, contemporary and relaxed. The semi-rural location and private off-street parking offer you privacy and convenience.
  • My (dedicated) studio is naturally ventilated and allows for 2m social distancing if you would like to meet in person, so long as we are both well and symptom-free. I employ measures to mitigate risk including:- Hand sanitiser (hi-alcohol), no contact temperature check, contactless payments. I'm triple vaccinated and will send you my Covid-19 policy when you make an appointment.
  • For more information about the way I work and what to expect, visit my website:

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Markyate, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 8QL

London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1LE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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