Dr Ishpal Kharay - Senior Counselling Psychologist
My name is Ishpal and welcome to my profile. I am a Senior Counselling Psychologist and I offer individual and couple therapy.
I am an anti-racist psychologist and an active ally of the LGBTQ communities.
How I work
I offer psychological therapy for individuals and couples and I work using an integrative approach, drawing on a number of theories, including: humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, narrative, and psychosexual therapy. I have extensive training and clinical experience working with different therapeutic approaches and this enables me to work flexibly and adapt to meet the needs of my clients. I offer therapy for personal development, for people to gain greater insight into themselves and their relationships, and for a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.
In addition to working privately, I work within the NHS as a Senior Psychologist in a sexual health and HIV service. I have more than a decade of experience working with people with long term health conditions and I provide Psychosexual therapy to individuals and couples experiencing sexual problems and relationship issues. My portfolio of experience is varied; I have worked with adults and young people experiencing depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, health anxiety, low self esteem, relationship difficulties and sexual problems and have many years experience working with LGBTQ clients.
I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and I am committed to high ethical standards of practice and professional development.
Thinking about starting therapy can be anxiety provoking and you may have many questions about what therapy involves. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation as an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about me or the way I work. After this, we can make an appointment for an online consultation.
If you decide to meet with me for an initial consultation, I will use the opportunity to learn more about you, your needs, current difficulties, and hopes for therapy. This is also an opportunity for you see how I work and reflect on how comfortable you feel working with me. Toward the end of this initial consultation we will think together about a way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPsychol (British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist)
PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (University of Surrey)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Experience in Sexual Health Psychology and Psychosexual therapy working with individuals and couples.
Secondary care experience working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
Working with children and young people and people experiencing domestic abuse.
Long term health difficulties, working with individuals, couples and carers.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Problems with getting or maintaining erections
Early or delayed ejaculation
Loss of interest or enjoyment in sex
Difficulty in reaching orgasm
Feeling out of control with sex
Sexually transmitted infections
Conflicting feelings and/or fear of pregnancy
Concerns about gender and/or sexuality
Cultural and religious influences on sex
Lack of knowledge about sex
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation, you may have some questions about therapy and about what you would like from therapy, therefore I offer this telephone session as a first step.
My fees for initial consultation and subsequent 50 minute sessions are £95 for individuals and £120 for couples.
I offer concessionary prices on a limited basis for students, trainee therapists and lower-income earners/unemployed. Please do ask me about this when you call/email.
I am registered with various insurance companies including AXA PPP, Aviva, Vitality Health and Cigna.
Concessions offered for
As a registered psychologist, I am bound by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) code of ethics.