Indira Chima

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MA, MBACP (Accred), EMCC - The Counselling Living Room
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St Albans AL3 & AL1
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

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? 
Are you suffering with anxiety or depression? 

Hello. I’m Indira and I run The Counselling Living Room® in Markyate, 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 rural Hertfordshire. It is a private counselling service founded on clinical excellence informed by up-to-date research.

As an experienced therapist and coach, 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 at work or home
  • Couple counselling
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Work stress 
  • Coaching
  • Low self-esteem
  • Personal development
  • Bereavement

I support clients to overcome their challenges. I work with individuals and also help couples learn how to communicate and not just talk.

My own experience tells me 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 challenges we face today in an ever-changing world. It's this personal experience, combined with my knowledge of the business world and specialist training, which have combined to make me the therapist-coach I am ie. down-to-earth, forward-thinking and solution-focused.

I'm Master's level, Accredited with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their professional Code of Practice and Ethical Framework. I have further training in couple counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and am also a European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Global Accredited Coach Practitioner. Enhanced DBS available on request.

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 a blend of therapy with coaching 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. I promise you listening ears, empathetic advice and total confidentiality! *:) happy

Training, qualifications & experience

  • EMCC Global Accredited Coach Practitioner, currently working toward EMCC Senior Practitioner in Coaching by December 2024.
  • BACP Accredited Member (046496) - 2023
  • Master's degree in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling - University of Hertfordshire (UoH) - 2013 
  • Post-Graduate Diploma (Pg Dip) in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling - University of Hertfordshire (UoH) - 2010-2012
  • University Diploma in Counselling - University of Hertfordshire (UoH) - 2007-2009
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • CBT Key Knowledge & Skills - The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT)
  • BA (Hons) (non counselling related) Business qualification - 1993

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Zoom Counselling

Zoom counselling allows you to see your therapist in the comfort of your own home or place of choice. It's convenient for clients with busy lives or working from home as well as parents of young children. 

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

Zoom Counselling is as effective as counselling in person with some clients experiencing faster, deeper results. We can meet online, in person or use a hybrid of both.

Payment is simple. I send an invoice after our session, which you settle via bank card using a secure payment link.

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£90.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality
  • Aviva
  • Cigna
  • WPA
  • Axa Health

Additional information

  • £90 Individual Counselling - 50 minutes
  • £100 Couple Counselling - 1 hour

I use modern banking methods eg. Apple Pay, Card, Contactless. 

I am recognised by AVIVA, AXA, VITALITY + WPACheck counselling is covered in your policy and obtain an authorisation number. Due to data protection, I will need basic policy details and contact info so I can verify details with your insurer. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime sessions available. Wednesday and Thursday day and evening sessions. Friday and Saturday mornings available. 

Further information

  • My comfortable 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. (Full address will be sent when appointment is confirmed.)
  • Your sessions will take place in a modern and stylish environment which reflects my way of working ie. straightforward, contemporary and relaxed. My location and private off-street parking offer you privacy and convenience.
  • My studio is spacious and ventilated allowing for a healthy environment. Surfaces continue to be sanitised and hand-sanitiser is available. 
  • 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 adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Indira Chima
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